Brag Bags- The story of Brag Bags began when Kathleen Kennedy was a child and witnessed her mother’s work as an accomplished seamstress. Crafting gorgeous dresses, hemming pants, and making bags, her mother was very handy with a sewing machine and a true artist. She could walk into a store, see a lovely dress, and then head home and re-create it from her memory and her creative passion. Being exposed to this artistic energy was infectious, and as Kathleen grew from a child to a teenager, she began to pick up a love for drawing and painting, which led to a degree in art from SUNY New Paltz. Throughout her life art has always been a part of her work, from making jewelry and designing gardens to creating floral arrangements, and now with Brag Bags, her line of unique, hand-made purses and totes that we sell here at the Co-op.
Food For Thought
As you may remember, after our fiscal year settles out I report to our Board of Directors how well we have achieved, or attempted to achieve, our “Ends” during that period. These aspirational goals have guided us since 2007, when the then-Board of Directors adopted them. I think you may be comforted to know that this conversation takes place every year, without fail, and is supported by a wide variety of data collection to evaluate our progress. I will communicate as much as possible in these pages.
BRATTLEBORO, VT – Brattleboro’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter will open Monday, November 12th. After a successful first season located at the upper dormitory on the Winston Prouty campus (formerly the Austine School for the Deaf) last year, Groundworks’ staff and Board are grateful for the opportunity to return to the space.
Lotus Foods is voluntarily recalling three varieties of ramen noodle soup—Tom Yum, Masala Curry, and Red Miso—because the packaging is not microwave-safe. Other Lotus Foods products are not included in this recall.
Project Feed the Thousands
by Sarah Brennan, Administrative Assistant
Christmas Tree Sale and Food Drive for Groundworks Collaborative
As you know, we have successfully updated our card processing to chip readers at every register. This upgrade allows for more security when making your purchases and allows us to process WIC payments at every register. We now have our own BFC gift card. Please know that because of this processing upgrade our gift cards are no longer accepted at other food co-ops, nor can we accept gift cards purchased at other co-ops.
During January, February, and March, we will be preparing one meal per month as a Co-op to feed those friends and neighbors who stay at the Groundworks Collaborative Overflow Shelter during the winter months. Many of you received Shareholder hours last winter for helping to cook, deliver and serve meals.