How it works
Your local branches dedicated team of volunteers gather at local community kitchen and prepare delicious and nutritious Macaroni Cheese, Bolognese Sauce and Lasagne.
Carefully packaged meals are then stored in large freezer, waiting to be delivered to families in need.
local family welcomes new baby or suffers the misfortune of facing serious illness.
The branch receives referral, by phone or email from the family or someone close to them.
Committed Bellyful volunteer arrives at the family’s door with some meals and smile.
Cooking the food
The food is prepared at cookathon (about once month) in which dozens of meals are made. These are then frozen, ready for the referrals. These come in from local midwives, doctors, and Plunket Nurses, friends or family members.
Who is Bellyful for?
Having new baby can be really, really hard work! And having good support network is one of the main ingredients to getting through that newborn stage.
Bellyful’s main criteria is simply that the families we support don’t have others available to do what we do – cook and deliver free meals.
The other criteria is that the family must fall into one of these categories:
- Have new baby (generally under three months old – but that’s not set in stone)
- Have young family and someone in that family unit has serious or terminal illness
There is no financial assessment involved. However it’s important to note that Bellyful isn’t service that provides meals based on financial need, our service is based on more of an emotional need for support.
The key to our service is that we are here to provide some practical support in the form of cooked meals – for those families who wouldn’t have that support otherwise.
We don’t want to take over from all of the other wonderful forms of support available to families (like support from family, friends, church, Play Centre, other family groups and networks) – we step in where none of those exist.
What’s the catch?
Isn’t it terrible that we wonder this? But we all think it, so let’s just get it out of the way now…
There isn’t one! We do this because we know how hard it can be to have new baby and we want to make someone else’s life just little bit easier.
Regardless of your household income, if you think we can help you (or someone you know), we probably can.
What’s for dinner?
Each of the Bellyful branches makes the same three key meals using the same recipes:
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Macaroni Cheese.
We cook for special diets on an as-needed basis.
Our food is designed for families that often include pre-school food critics so it’s simple but nutritious and tasty!