Limited Deliveries Available

We are now delivering meals in most areas, however, please note our branches have limited stocks of meals, especially in Auckland. Please be patient with us if we need to temporarily put you on a waiting list.

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Bellyful nourishes and connects communities by cooking and delivering free meals to whānau with babies or young children, who need support.

How can we help you?

Request Help or Refer A Family

“Seriously? Free Meals?!”

At Bellyful, we know how hard those early years can be – and that’s before adding other children or career demands to the mix!
Since 2009, Bellyful volunteers have nourished and connected communities by cooking and delivering meals to whānau, with babies or young children, who need support. Having a few meals delivered by a friendly face can be a real sanity-saver.
Bellyful is now supporting whānau in 25 communities across New Zealand thanks to our wonderful sponsors, supporters, and volunteers our service is free.
Want to know if Bellyful is supporting your community?

About Bellyful

Bellyful was ‘born’ out of the desire to see families supported by their fellow community members.

Bellyful Volunteers

Join our ever-growing team of amazing volunteers, helping us fill bellies across New Zealand.

Support Bellyful

We need your help to fill bellies! Donations of any size will all help whānau who need a bit of extra support.

About Bellyful

Bellyful was ‘born’ out of the desire to see families supported by their fellow community members.

Bellyful Volunteers

Join our ever-growing team of amazing volunteers, helping us fill bellies across New Zealand.

Support Bellyful

We need your help to fill bellies! Donations of any size will all help our families who need a bit of extra support.

Frequently Asked
Questions

Please get in touch if you have any further questions.

Does Bellyful deliver in my area?

Bellyful currently delivers in 25 New Zealand communities. Head over to our Branches page to see where we are.

How do I know whether I can receive meals from Bellyful?

Bellyful supports whānau with babies or young children who need support, particularly those without friends, family, or a community that can provide meals. We support whānau when someone in the immediate whānau is very unwell when there is a multiple births when someone is in hospital and in many other situations. We also support whānau when a pregnant mum is unwell, and whānau, with young children, who have suffered a loss. Please go to our referral forms to refer yourself. If you are referring someone else, you must ask for their permission first.

What volunteer roles do you have?

A wide range. You could help as a delivery volunteer, pitch in at Cookathons, or help at fundraisers. We need new branch leaders from time to time, coordinating the branch, or its recipients, Cookathons, or fundraising. We also have volunteering opportunities with our national team, doing helpful things like writing stories or updating our social media. If you think you could contribute in another way, click here and let us know!

Are there ways I can help other than volunteering?

Definitely! See our fundraising page  

How do I refer someone?

First, check you have their permission. Then select their local branch, and you will be guided through the simple referral process.

Can I refer myself?

Of course! We believe it’s brave to ask for help and welcome self-referrals.

What is a ‘Cookathon’ like?

A hive of work, but also a lot of fun, as you can see from this Bellyful Christchurch Cookathon time-lapse: https://fb.watch/4ef6mp9l0x/

Can I cook at home?

No, Bellyful cooks in commercial-grade kitchens with high health and safety standards. However, you may from time to time be able to help your local Bellyful branch by baking at home if it has a fundraising bake sale, for example.

How do I get a branch started in my area?

If you are interested in putting in the work to get a Bellyful branch started, get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]

How do I donate?

Thank you! You can make a donation online here or consider giving through our wonderful friends at One Percent Collective.

“Bellyful NZ is a true blessing, we were nominated for Bellyful support by a close friend, our son arrived 6 weeks early and we spent most of our time at the hospital for the first 3 weeks of his life, it was very comforting to come home late at night and heat up a yummy meal without thinking about preparing it so we are very thankful indeed and will definitely pay it forward.”

Stevie-lee, September 2018
Bellyful NZ Facebook

“I just want to reach out and say what you beautiful people do … is amazing. I thank you and I definitely hope more mamas find out about you ... thank you to your team.”

Bellyful Recipient
Via Instagram April 2021

“Can’t begin to put in words how grateful we are for the meals. It has been a really tough last week – I was admitted to hospital and it felt like our whole world was turned upside down with a newborn and a 4&6 year old. We really appreciate all the support and help, thankfully I got discharged last night and these meals will make a huge impact on adjusting back at home. Thank you so much!”

Ashleigh, February 2018
Bellyful Hibiscus Coast

“I just wanted to say thank you. A bag full of yummy food was delivered to me on Monday and I wasn't able to thank anyone due to Covid Level 2 and being contactless. The food was a HUGE help! I have a nine-week-old and a toddler at home and I was so rundown and sick … having meals for [my toddler] ready-made just took so much pressure off me while tending to my baby.”

Bellyful Recipient
Via Email March 2021

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for your meals. My wife and I have a newborn but no family in Auckland where we are currently living so our midwife referred us to you, and those frozen dinners were exactly what we needed. You’re a bunch of legends."

Sam, April 2021
Via email

"Thank you so so much!! My family had lasagne last night and ALL my kids ate it!! Was a relief to not have to cook after a super long day of a teething one-year-old, a two-year-old who had an accident at kindy hurting his face and was difficult all arvo. And then dealing with two pre-teens and a newborn. You literally saved us from having toast for dinner last night. I was so exhausted. We went to bed with full bellies and happy hearts. Thank you."

Jennifer, August 2020
Bellyful Hamilton

"So grateful for Bellyful! Our Plunket nurse referred us as my husband is away 5.30am-6.30pm for work and we have a five-week-old baby and no family support. A lovely volunteer dropped off a stack of amazing home-cooked meals for our freezer today, like magic! Thank you so much."

Bonnie, November 2020
Bellyful Dunedin

"I was really sick in my pregnancy with health issues and the help was very appreciated. My kids enjoyed the meals and we would highly recommend these lovely people ❤ Thank you so much."

Belinda, March 2020
Bellyful Tauranga

"The food was a HUGE help! I have a nine-week-old and a toddler at home and I was so rundown and sick ... the look on my toddler's face when she saw the cupcakes was priceless (she let out a squeal of excitement). Having meals for her ready-made just took so much pressure off me while tending to my baby."

Zoe, March 2021
Via email

"Just wanted to say thank you so much for the delivery of meals. My daughter had her 4th surgery last week and we really struggled with surgery number 3, so my friend referred us through for some pre-made meals. Thank you so much for your help- it was one less thing to stress about. You guys do such a great job and I know it would be a great help to a lot of families."

Sophia, September 2020
Bellyful Hutt Valley

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