Bellyful has been running for 12 years, with each individual branch running and funding itself. In that time, it has made more than 166,000 meals and fed 30,000 families.
Here in New Plymouth the branch was launched in the first week of October this year and the local branch coordinator has organised the first couple of “cookathons” and had a great response with a good number of volunteers helping to make the four meal selections which are Beef Lasagne, Beef Bolognese Sauce, Macaroni Cheese and Tomato and Red Lentil Soup. These four meals are all made from the same recipe throughout all branches which are basic but child-friendly and nutritious.
Who are these meals for you ask??
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 they 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 the service is that Bellyful New Plymouth is here to provide some practical support in the form of frozen meals – for those whānau who wouldn’t have that support otherwise.
They 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) – They step in where none of those exist.
Having a few meals delivered by a friendly face can be a real sanity-saver.
Now what is needed are some more volunteers who understand what Bellyful is about and are happy to work with the local branch coordinator and become one of the volunteers who is rostered to contact the recipient family and arrange safe delivery of the frozen meals. What else do you need to know??
This will be on an as needed basis.
Are you a kind and compassionate person?
Are you comfortable working alone to deliver meals to families?
Health & Safety and Delivery training is given.
All delivery volunteers are Police Vetted
All delivery volunteers are Reference checked.
You need to hold an appropriate driver license
You will also need to have reliable transport
Bellyful is now supporting whānau in 25 communities across New Zealand thanks to their wonderful sponsors, supporters, and volunteers the service is free.
So, if you want to add your support behind this essential service or want to find out more then please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text 022 571 4228 and let her know you are keen to be involved.
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Please register your interest by contacting Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on 06 758 8986 or phone / text 022 571 4228 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org