The Bag Ladies’ pic­nic

Hastings Leader - - News - BY BRENDA VOWDEN [email protected]

What do you get when you put 15 women and 500 bags to­gether? A bag­nic.

A cel­e­bra­tion on the lawn was held last week to mark 500 bags made since the Bag Ladies group be­gan meet­ing up each week and sewing bags to do­nate to food waste group Nour­ished for Nil (N4N).

“We now have 15 bag mak­ers but not all come at once — usu­ally there’s around six or seven at a time,” says found­ing mem­ber Bar­bara Foote.

“For­tu­nately one of our mem­bers has a real sewing room where we can spread out and look at the view.” Bar­bara says the bags are do­nated for peo­ple to carry their free food in.

“Most peo­ple who take one in the queue at N4N are putting in a koha now which is great.”

Bar­bara says pub­lic sup­port for bag mak­ing con­tin­ues.

“We now get ma­te­rial from other fab­ric re­tail­ers as well as Panache and many in­di­vid­u­als give us ma­te­rial.”

N4N founder Christina McBeth joined in the cel­e­bra­tion.

“The ladies who have been sewing us these gor­geous bags not only pro­vide a sus­tain­able means for cus­tomers to take their res­cued food home in, they are also pro­vid­ing us with an in­crease in koha,” she says.

Hast­ings group Bag Ladies cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone.

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