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BY ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 09:36 11/12/2012
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Andrea O'Neil

FEED A FAMILY: Bellyful Porirua co-ordinator Rebecca Morahan suggests buying loved ones a meal pack for a needy Porirua family this Christmas.

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Struggling with Christmas gift ideas? Bellyful Porirua is suggesting something "much better than socks or a box of chocs" - giving meals to families in need.

Bellyful is a volunteer-run charity that delivers frozen meals to families coping with a new baby or a serious illness.

They rely on public generosity to fund the scheme, so have hit on a festive charity fundraiser. People can buy loved ones a $20 meal pack that will feed a family of five, a $60 pack to feed a family for three days, or a $300 option to sponsor a "cookathon", buying at least 100 meals, says Bellyful co-coordinator Rebecca Morahan.

"I think a lot of people are over the consumerism at Christmas time and want to give a gift that does some good," Mrs Morahan says. "It's just a nice way to give to the community. It goes straight to the community, straight to Porirua, not anywhere else."

The prices reflect the real cost of making the meals, including electricity for the Bellyful freezer and plastic containers, she says. "This doesn't go to anyone's salary or anything."

Twenty volunteers run Bellyful, and more are always welcome, Mrs Morahan says. Volunteers help with monthly cookathons, assess families and run fundraisers.

To buy a gift, call Rebecca Morahan on 021 552 825 or rebecca.morahan@ bellyful.org.nz.

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