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


Over 300 givers have collectively raised $152,343.05 for Bellyful. That has provided meals for around 6,094 families across Aotearoa New Zealand who have faced an unexpected struggle.

What we do

Bellyful provides practical support for tired and stressed families. Our volunteers (we have more than 600 of them!) understand the power of a few meals goes far beyond the actual food – we give unconditional support and empowerment to families in a difficult time.

They may be finding the adjustment of having a baby very difficult, or perhaps even experiencing postnatal depression. They may be new to their community, or new to New Zealand. They may be geographically or emotionally disconnected from their friends or family and have little support around them.

There is no financial assessment involved. Bellyful’s service is based on more of an emotional need for support – our cooked meals are delivered to a family’s door at a time that suits them by a warm, friendly person. We believe parents don’t need another source of advice and our delivery volunteers are trained not to offer advice on babies/parenting styles etc., even if asked. We also believe that it’s more than okay to ask for and accept help – in fact it’s really brave!

We make it easy to make a referral to Bellyful.  Go to or call 0508 BELLYFUL to refer yourself, a friend, family or a client/patient.

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