Bellyful Stories

Reaching Out

Reaching Out

The beautiful exhaustion of new twin babies was coupled with multiple hospital visits for Liz Buckley-Stokes. Bellyful meals helped ease the pressure. Liz, her husband and toddler had moved to a new North Canterbury town just two weeks before they welcomed their...

Meals where they are most needed

Meals where they are most needed

Warm meals are making a difference for often tired and stressed-out parents of babies in the Waikato Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Bellyful Hamilton volunteers have begun delivering stocks of frozen meals to the Waikato NICU. The Neonatal Trust has purchased...

Young at (Bellyful’s) heart

Young at (Bellyful’s) heart

When it comes to volunteering, enthusiasm is a key attribute. It is something that can be found at any age, and it is generously found in the wide-ranging spectrum of ages of the volunteers at Bellyful Christchurch. The youngest volunteer is 30 and the eldest is 81....

The Business of Giving

The Business of Giving

Owners of bulk-food store The Source Taupō, Fiona and Ken Harris are no strangers to moving home. The Taupō-based couple, who met while working in Turangi, have relocated three times over their 11-year relationship – to Vancouver, Auckland, and most recently...

A Dad’s Story: Easing The Stress

A Dad’s Story: Easing The Stress

Of all the things Daniel and his partner Beatriz planned for when expecting their baby, their beautiful son Marco being born at just 26 weeks and five days gestation was the last thing they imagined. Little Marco spent the first 97 days of his life in hospital. “It...

Welcoming twins under Covid-19 Alert Level 3

Welcoming twins under Covid-19 Alert Level 3

Laura’s family in the UK were due to fly out to support her with the birth of her twins in May, but COVID-19 threw a spanner into that plan. With New Zealand’s border essentially closed under Alert Level 4, her family members cancelled their travel. Laura and her...

A weight off the shoulders

A weight off the shoulders

Being a working parent can be a real juggle. Getting the kids ready for school, arriving at work on-time, making your way through that growing laundry pile after you’ve rustled up a half-way decent evening meal for the whānau. Things are pretty hectic at the best of...

Gift of Generosity

Gift of Generosity

During Kylie’s time of need she discovered how much of a difference the work of volunteers and charity organisations can make to your life.  Kylie was a grateful recipient of home-cooked meals from Bellyful and was one of the first recipients of our West Auckland...

Helping families through the toughest times

Helping families through the toughest times

We sat down with Annie who is a family support worker for Heart Kids to learn about how she works with Bellyful and what that means for her clients. Annie deals with families going through one of the toughest times of their lives. Heart Kids provides lifelong support...

Thrown a Lifeline

Thrown a Lifeline

When mum-of-three Kerry found herself in a new city with no local support, life was challenging. Throw into the mix a unique illness leaving her on crutches for three months, and it became a gruelling period of time. That’s when Bellyful stepped in and became the...

A perfect match

A perfect match

Linda, a Wellington region Plunket Nurse, has been referring to Bellyful for 5 years – she shares why in her experience, Bellyful and Plunket are a perfect match. The families in the area that Linda covers are very diverse, from professional families to refugees to...

Early Arrival

Early Arrival

Jenny was one of the earliest recipients of meals from Bellyful Karori 7 years ago – she shares her experience of how Bellyful helped her when her baby boy was born prematurely. “My second born was 11 and 1/2 weeks premature and spent his first three months of life in...

A helping hand for yourself and others

A helping hand for yourself and others

Having kids adds a different dimension to an already busy and active lifestyle. When Michelle Russell had her daughters, she found out exactly what that meant. Thankfully Bellyful were able to help her with dinner plans and give Michelle an opportunity to help out...

Student’s scholarship year benefits Bellyful

Student’s scholarship year benefits Bellyful

For her scholarship exam in food technology, year 13 Carmel College student Courtney Adolphe was determined to do something to benefit families. The families Bellyful supports were just what she had in mind. Courtney Adolphe knows first-hand what a family in need...

A small good thing

A small good thing

Pregnancy isn’t always a walk in the park; in fact, it can feel more like a slog through a warm jungle. We chatted to Kimberly about the challenges she faced during the nine months before her daughter arrived and how Bellyful helped take some weight when she and her...

Giving with open hands

Giving with open hands

Harmony was absolutely blown away by the support she received from Bellyful Tauranga as a new mum. “I had just returned home from hospital with my brand new baby girl and was feeling a little overwhelmed. There was so much to learn, to do, and I didn’t know how I...

Getting involved – At the heart of Bellyful

Getting involved – At the heart of Bellyful

Hannah raised awareness of Bellyful when she shared this story with her colleagues and it was published on her work intranet – leading to more families being referrred to Bellyful.Most of us know that a newborn baby can mean sleepless nights, piles of washing and no...

Full circle for Bellyful – At the heart of Bellyful

Full circle for Bellyful – At the heart of Bellyful

“My second child came out screaming and didn’t stop,” says Fiona White of Bellyful, Napier. This led to both mother and baby being in tears at times but, “a friend referred me to receive some meals from Bellyful and I was extremely grateful.”“I’d never heard of...

Bellyful a balm in colicky chaos

Bellyful a balm in colicky chaos

Annette is very organised – everything in her life is planned and has its place. “My world is very put together,” she says. At only 30-years-old, Annette is in her second term as a Napier City councillor. Elected when she was 25, she’s the youngest woman ever elected...

Answering a need

Answering a need

When Kelly saw a need in her local community and a means to help, she jumped at the chance. Late November 2017, she opened the doors of Bellyful’s 19th branch on Hibiscus Coast, to provide the type of support that meant so much to her when she first became a parent...

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