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City provides temporary space to Renton Kiwanis Clothes Bank and REACH Feeding program

December 13, 2016

City of Renton Contacts:
Preeti Shridhar
, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

Former Chamber building offered for 24 months while a permanent solution is explored

Renton, WA - Two of the City of Renton’s long-standing human services organizations, the Renton Kiwanis Clothes Bank and the feeding program run by the Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH), are facing uncertain futures and the city has stepped in to provide a temporary solution. The two will be housed at the Renton Airport in a building that was formerly occupied by the Chamber of Commerce. The arrangement will be a temporary option as the city develops the airport master plan that will determine the long-term plans for the building.

“Throughout our region we continue to see the growing need for basic necessities such as food and clothing and I feel it is important that we step up and provide a temporary solution,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law. “It is vital to keep the doors of the clothes bank and REACH feeding program open, especially during the holidays. This gives these organizations the much-needed time to explore other options.”

The clothes bank has been located on South Third Street for almost 30 years and must move out by December 31. In 2015, they estimated they helped over 1,600 people of all ages in Renton by providing clothing free of charge. It is open Monday through Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Renton Clothes Bank began as an all-volunteer operation in 1965 and in 2000 the Renton Kiwanis Club assumed sponsorship. In 2010, they were nominated as Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year.

“We’re thankful to the city for stepping in to help,” said Clothes Bank President Jon Pozega. “We’ve been looking for space but our limited budget has not allowed us to afford the market rate.”

The REACH Feeding program has been operating since 2015. They serve an evening meal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Everyone in the community shares a responsibility to provide basic needs such as food, and I want to thank the city for their unwavering commitment to help keep the doors of the REACH feeding program open,” said Maggie Breen, Executive Director, REACH.