Bellyful supports community
by Ann van Engelen
Bellyful Selwyn has been helping people across the district by providing free meals for families with newborn babies, or young children who are struggling with illness since June 2015.
“We are volunteer-based, and the key to our service is that we provide practical support in the form of cooked meals for families who wouldn’t have that help otherwise,” says Selwyn branch coordinator, Jeraldine Teng.
“We have had an increase in volunteers, which is amazing, and we have had great support from local community funding. We recently updated our kitchen equipment through a Foodstuffs South Island community grant. We are very grateful for this help as it has been three years since we purchased cooking utensils such as frypans.
“Last weekend we combined forces with the Christchurch Bellyful branch to marshal at the family X-Race. Families ran the obstacle course, and it was a lot of fun. Children as young as three years old competed. The X-Race organiser gives us a donation for helping — which is a huge help to us.
“Our branches are going strong and had a cookathon in February to restock our freezers ready to give to people who need food support.
We are here to help and appreciate people sharing about our services with the community as our vision is to serve our community and the more people that know about us, the better.”
To contact Bellyful if you or someone you know with small children need meal assistance go to bellyful.org.nz.