Big­gest day for cookathon

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger

BELLYFUL cook­ing vol­un­teers whipped up about 300 meals on Tues­day.

The epic “cookathon” made twice the load they usu­ally make, to cater for the new­born ba­bies which hit an all-time high dur­ing spring.

The lo­cal branch of the or­gan­i­sa­tion put the call out for vol­un­teers to for the meal­mak­ing mis­sion. Bellyful Tau­ranga usu­ally have a cookathon ev­ery three weeks but dou­bled up this time around.

“In the spring, that’s our busiest time, we get all our spring ba­bies, and be­cause of the growth in the re­gion,” says cookathon co­or­di­na­tor Shan­non Dono­van.

“We have grown so much so that we are go­ing to strug­gle soon to rely on grants and fundrais­ing. We are look­ing to lo­cal busi­nesses for spon­sor­ship as well as vol­un­teers.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion helps give par­ents with new­born ba­bies a help­ing hand by pro­vid­ing frozen meals. It is also for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren who are strug­gling­with ill­ness, fam­i­lies who are re­ferred by health pro­fes­sion­als, fam­ily and friends, or can be self-re­ferred.

The cookathon took place in Bay­park’s com­mer­cial kitchen with two shifts of cook­ing up ap­prox­i­mately 300 meals. Shan­non says they have never cooked this many meals be­fore.

Bellyful Tau­ranga has about 50 vol­un­teers. Shan­non says they re­quire help across the board— not just in the kitchen.

They gather at Bay­park’s com­mer­cial kitchen to make meals like mac­a­roni cheese, bolog­nese sauce, lasagne and tomato and red len­til soup.

The meals are frozen and de­liv­ered.

Shan­non says the lo­cal Bellyful team is the big­gest in the coun­try.

It is also a re­ward­ing way of help­ing oth­ers and it has a so­cial as­pect too, she says.

If you would like to help, or need help, check out web­site www.bellyful.org.nz

Shan­non Dono­van and vol­un­teers cooked up twice the amount to cater for new­born ba­bies at Bellyful’s cookathon.

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