The Salvation Army Rotary Food Bank & Service Center

Address: 206 S Tobin Street in Renton

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday (Closed for Lunch 12:00pm -1:00pm daily)

Intake Hours: 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (Closed all day Wednesday and 11:30am-1:00pm daily)

Phone (425) 255-5969

The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank & Multi-Service Center continues to meet the needs of its community. With your help, we are in need of non-perishable items from both individuals and businesses. We are open Monday through Friday, providing food, financial assistance and Pathways of Hope case management.. For information on specific programs and locations, please contact The Salvation Army in Renton at 425-255-5969.

Photo ID is required for all adults 18 and older living in the household, for all services.

1. Identification (one of the items below)

  • Identification ID Card
  • Driver's License
  • Military Card
  • Passport

2. Proof of Address for all adults 18 and older(one of the items below)

  • Utility Bill (current such as water, gas, or electric)
  • Rental Agreement (if you just relocated to the area)

3. Proof of other household members 17 years and younger (one of the items below, provided proof must have names and birthdates)

  • Tax Papers (current)
  • DSHS Papers (Current)
  • Birth Certificates

Please Note: Providing the paperwork will allow you to visit our Food Bank every 30 days from your last date of service.


Food Bank

According to Feeding America, more than 48.8 million people face the threat of hunger daily in the United States. To help mitigate that threat, The Salvation Army serves 60 million meals to anyone in need through its many soup kitchens, sit-down meal programs, food pantries, mobile meals and community gardens. These nutritional meals assist homeless people of all ages, as well as individuals and families in need of some extra assistance.

Operation Takeout

Operation: Take Out began some years ago to establish a home delivery service for those clients who would otherwise be unable to receive food supplies, due to illnesses or age. Currently, we are serving 33 individuals in the Renton area. The volunteers “shop” for food in the food bank, and deliver food basket items to the homes, every third Saturday of the month.

Weekend Backpacks

In September 2008, we partnered with the Renton School District and the Communities in Schools of Renton to distribute backpacks of food to children at risk of hunger over the weekends. Hungry children suffer from health problems such as unwanted weight loss, fatigue, headaches and frequent colds. They are more likely to be ill and absent from school and typically cannot concentrate or do as well as others when they are at school. With this program, backpacks filled with 6 kid-friendly meals are delivered to the schools for check-out on Fridays and are returned by the students on Monday. No cost for kids.

For more information Weekend Backpacks program, please call Martha Alcantar at The Salvation Army 425-255-5969. or you may send her an email by clicking HERE


Food Bank Donations

Food Bank Donations Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm, Monday-Friday Only

The food bank can use any nonperishable food or monetary donations. If you prefer to donate food, select shelf-stable food with the lowest saturated fats and refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour). We buy white rice and beans in bulk, so we encourage you to donate other items. Here are some suggestions:

Whole Grain Pasta
Brown Rice
Tomato Products
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit - Especially fruit with low-sugar but not artificial sweeteners
Canned Fish or Meat
Shelf-stable Milk
Canned Meals - Beef Stew, Chili, and similar meals with low sugar and saturated fats
Baby Formula
Infant & Baby Food
Canned or Powdered Milk
Baby Diapers


Host A Food Drive

Although the holidays are a popular time of the year, food is needed year- round. You might consider holding a drive in the spring or summer when supply is especially low. Hosting a themed food drive, such as a collection to benefit kids during the summer months, is a great idea. How long should your food drive run - one day, a week, a month (or perhaps this an ongoing effort)? It's entirely up to you. We sincerely appreciate any and all help your group can provide the Food Bank program and its beneficiaries!

For more information about hosting a Food Drive, arrange for food collection barrels or schedule a pickup, please contact Ray Baxter at at 425-255-5969 ext. 206 or send her an email by clicking HERE.

Getting Started: Here are a few suggestions on how you can host your food drive and give it plenty of support.

  • Email your co-workers, friends, and neighbors to rally support.
  • Set a goal and monitor the progress.
  • Hold a contest between departments, classes, troops, etc. to see who can raise the most. Offer incentives for those who contribute the most to your drive.

If you've arranged to have our warehouse pick up your collection, please note that we may need several days lead time in order to pick up your donation. If you're dropping off food at our Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank please do so between the hours of 9:00 am - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.


RotaCare - Free Medical Clinic

RotaCare is a nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of providing free medical care to people who have the most need and the least access to medical services. It is a coalition of over 1,500 Rotarians, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, interpreters and other volunteers who provide free medical care to the medically underserved in a collaborative effort with hospitals, clinics, community and social service organizations and service groups. They serve about 22 patients every Saturday. Bi-lingual services for Spanish-speaking clients is provided. All others needing translation need to provide their own.

Please Note: The RotaCare Clinic is located at our 720 S. Tobin Street location.

Clinic Hours: 9:00am-11:00am, Saturdays

For more information about RotaCare, please click HERE.


Free Tax Return Preparation

United Way of King County provides quality free tax preparation services at The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank for taxpayers who make less than $60,000 and who need basic individual tax returns. Taxes are prepared by IRS-trained and certified volunteers, and are electronically filed for a rapid refund. Multilingual tax preparers are also available to serve customers whose first language is not English. Tax season is January 15th to April 18th. Please make sure to bring the following: a photo ID for both you (and your spouse, if applicable), Social Security cards for all household members and all tax forms.

Tax Preparation Hours: Mondays 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wednesdays 5:00pm-9:00pm and Sundays 11:00am-3:00pm

Address: 206 S Tobin Street in Renton

Phone 425-255-5969

Utility Assistance

The Salvation Army of Renton is able to provide assistance for Puget Sound Energy, water companies servicing Renton or Skyway Water when funding is available. At this time we are not able to provide assistance for Seattle City Light or Seattle Utilities. The Salvation Army of Renton is only able to provide assistance towards notices that are Urgent, Final, Past Due, Notice of Disconnect, or disconnected service.

Assistance is available for those who are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or suffering temporary financial crisis. The notice and current proof of household income, including noncash benefits such as food stamps and/or housing subsidizing is required at the time of your appointment. At the time of your appointment you must supply all required documents. Faxes will not be accepted, nor does calling into the utility company fulfill this requirement, as it is the paper documentation that is required.

In order to apply for assistance you must have an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted. In order to schedule an appointment you must call (425) 255-5969 and follow the prompts.

Please Note: A scheduled appointment is not a guarantee of assistance, but rather the next step in the process. If you qualify for assistance, the Salvation Army of Renton will only be able to make a partial payment towards your balance and you are responsible for the remainder of any additional balances owing.


Eviction Prevention

The Salvation Army of Renton provides a very limited number of assistance when funding is available for eviction prevention assistance, and or those who have received a Three Day Pay or Vacate Notice. The Salvation Army of Renton does not pay towards move-in costs, current rent charges, or deposits.

Assistance is available for those who are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or suffering temporary financial crisis. For eviction prevention assistance, the Three Day Pay or Vacate Notice, current proof of household income, including noncash benefits such as food stamps and/or housing subsidizing is required, lease agreement, and photo ID for all adults (18 AND OLDER) is required at the time of the appointment.

In order to apply for assistance you must have a have an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted. In order to schedule an appointment you must call (425) 255-5969 and follow the prompts.


Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster. When tragedy strikes in your community, remember that The Salvation Army is on the scene. Volunteers are needed for behind-the-scenes and frontline work. Donations enable Salvation Army personnel to assist hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online by clicking HERE.

For more information, contact your nearest Salvation Army. A complete listing of The Salvation Army's locations throughout Washington state, northern Idaho and western Montana, can be found by clicking HERE. We welcome your involvement.

Want to know more about The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)? Click HERE to visit the Disaster blog site.

Dinner at The Salvation Army

The Renton Community Supper is a co-operative ministry of many differing people, churches, and organizations from the greater Renton community. We are united around this single purpose: to assist the hungry who live among us. We provide a free meal, a warm and friendly place to enjoy it, and connections that offer hope for a better future – all at no charge, and with no strings attached. Please come and enjoy a warm meal in great company!

Weekdays: Monday through Thursday, 5:30pm-6:30pm - The Salvation Army Renton Corps Community Center, 720 S. Tobin Street

Weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Hosted by our community partners

To serve as a group, contact, or visit for more information!