Biggest day for cookathon
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.