How It Works

What we do and who we do it for


Volunteers gather at a community kitchen and prepare delicious and nutritious macaroni cheese, beef bolognese sauce, beef lasagne and tomato, and red lentil soup.


Carefully packaged meals are stored in a large freezer, waiting to be delivered to whānau in need.


Local whānau welcomes new baby or needs support due to serious illness, unforeseen circumstances etc.


Bellyful receives referral, via the Bellyful website, or by phone, from the whānau, someone close to them or an advocate eg Plunket, midwife.


A committed Bellyful volunteer arrives at the whānau’s door with some meals and smile.


A couple of weeks later, Bellyful volunteer contacts the whānau to see how they are getting on and whether they need more Bellyful meals.

Who is Bellyful for?

Having a new baby, or young children, can be really, really hard work! And having a good support network is one of the main ingredients for getting through those early stages.

Bellyful’s main criteria are simply that the whānau we support have babies or young children, and don’t have others available to do what we do – cook and deliver free meals.

There is no financial assessment involved. However, it’s important to note that Bellyful is not a 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 frozen meals – for those whānau​ 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 whānau (like support from family, friends, church, Playcentre, 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! There is no charge for Bellyful meals. We do this because we know how hard it can be to have a new baby or young children, and we want to make someone else’s life just a 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 four key meals using the same recipes:

  • Beef Lasagne
  • Beef Bolognese Sauce
  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Tomato and Red Lentil Soup

Our food is designed for whānau that often include pre-school food critics so it’s simple but nutritious and tasty!

All Bellyful meals are delivered frozen and have a best before date of six months after they were cooked.

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