About Bellyful

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

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

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How it Works
Bellyful volunteers prepare meals in a monthly ‘Cookathon’, freeze them and then deliver them over the next few weeks to families who are referred by health professionals, family and friends. You can also refer yourself – this is how it works.

We don’t need to go through stressful times alone – and we know that having a baby or young children can make life tough! Having someone pop around with a couple of cooked meals can go a long way toward easing the stress.

Where We Are
There are 24 Bellyful branches around NZ. Find out if there is a branch near you.

Who We Are
Bellyful is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Bellyful is led by a small team of paid staff and volunteers.

Bellyful relies on volunteers to provide its service to families, with over 700 volunteers around NZ. Volunteers lead and support the branch, cook and deliver meals and fundraise for their branch.

Bellyful Founder
Bellyful was founded in 2009 in Pukekohe by Jacqui Ritchie who had a dream of women cooking together to help others in their community – she shares her Founder’s Story.

Bellyful Ambassador
Bellyful is delighted to have Pippa Wetzell as our Bellyful Ambassador.

Bellyful Sponsors
Bellyful is grateful for the wonderful support we receive from our donors, sponsors, grant providers and supporters, that enables our volunteers to provide meals to families in our communities.

Bellyful Community
Bellyful supports unique community relationship where we connect recipient families, volunteers, referrers, local business and funders and supporters – working together to grow a sense of community. We are a truly community-based charity.

Bellyful is a Charity
Bellyful is a NZ charitable trust, registration number CC46995, listed on Charities Services.

Bellyful Philosophy
As an organisation, we believe the following:

  • It’s more than okay to ask for and accept help – in fact it’s really brave
  • It’s important to acknowledge that parenting can be really hard
  • Well supported families are less likely to struggle during times of stress
  • New parents don’t need another source of advice
  • As a community we need to look after each other
  • Food brings people together

Our Service Performance
Bellyful delivered on its mission to nourish and connect communities by cooking and delivering meals to whānau, with babies or young children, who need support. Read More



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