Full bel­lies achieved

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Bel­ly­ful Porirua has marked an­other mile­stone – its first ever meal re­cip­i­ent has had an­other baby and be­come the group’s first re­turn cus­tomer.

Bel­ly­ful co- co­or­di­na­tor Re­becca Mo­ra­han last week dropped off frozen din­ners to Plim­mer­ton mum Ju­lia Barton, who re­ceived the food char­ity’s first de­liv­ery when her daugh­ter Am­ber was born in July 2011.

Mrs Barton had been re­ferred to the ser­vice by a friend in Auck­land and had no inkling Porirua Bel­ly­ful had just started up, she says.

‘‘I had no idea, Re­becca was so pro­fes­sional, I thought she’d been do­ing it for years!’’

The pair have since be­come friends and Mrs Barton has her­self re­ferred peo­ple to the ser­vice.

That first de­liv­ery was much ap­pre­ci­ated, she says.

‘‘We were a lit­tle bit over­whelmed by ev­ery­thing. It’s al­ways great to have a de­liv­ery, to have some­thing in the fridge and not bother about tea for a few nights.’’

Mrs Barton and hus­band Pete wel­comed a son, Oliver, on Jan­uary 5, and she was ini­tially re­luc­tant to ac­cept Bel­ly­ful’s char­ity again, but an­other friend re­ferred her and she was thank­ful for the help.

‘‘We never say no to lovely meals,’’ she says.

‘‘That com­fort food – mac and cheese and lasagne – it’s just what you want when you’ve had a hard day.’’

The meals ap­peal to tod­dlers too, some­thing Mrs Barton did not ap­pre­ci­ate first time round, but does now with 19-month-old Am­ber.

Mrs Barton, whose ex­tended fam­ily lives far from Welling­ton in the Bay of Plenty and overseas, was the ideal first client, Bel­ly­ful’s Mrs Mo­ra­han says.

Bel­ly­ful has been go­ing from strength to strength since 2011, and has be­come the coun­try’s largest and most ac­tive branch, she says.

A Christ­mas voucher fundraiser raised $550, and the char­ity was the re­cip­i­ent of money raised at last week’s Plim­mer­ton Shrove Tues­day pan­cake race.

‘‘It’s really cool, it’s ex­cit­ing,’’ Mrs Mo­ra­han says.

Vol­un­teers are al­ways needed though, to help cook, de­liver, or at­tend events and fundraise.

‘‘We al­ways need peo­ple coming on board.’’

Con­tact Re­becca Mo­ra­han at 021 552 825 or re­becca.mora han@bel­ly­ful.org.nz.

Back for sec­onds: Plim­mer­ton mum Ju­lia Barton has be­come Bel­ly­ful Porirua’s first re­peat cus­tomer, get­ting free meals de­liv­ered by Re­becca Mo­ra­han af­ter the birth of her chil­dren Oliver, 6 weeks, and Am­ber, 19 months.

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