Group seeks help to feed poor

A Temuka volunteer group devoted to providing meals to families in need is asking the community for help with supporting its ongoing work.

The Bellyful chapter in Temuka is made up of a group of women, most mothers themselves, who come together regularly to cook and deliver meals to families who have new babies, or are dealing with illness or otherwise could use a little help.

Meals include child-friendly dishes like macaroni cheese and spaghetti bolognaise.

The service is free and regardless of household income, volunteer Summer McCambridge explained.

On November 4 the chapter is holding its first Bellyful Market Day fundraiser at Caroline Bay Hall. It will feature more than 25 sellers offering unique crafts, Christmas gifts, handmade jewellery, clothing, toys and fun children's events like face painting. There will also be raffles of prizes, including accommodation for nights away. Donations will be taken at the door.

Bellyful volunteers would also be selling cakes and distributing information, she said.

Bellyful is a national organisation, but the Temuka chapter was the first in the South Island, Ms McCambridge said. There is also a branch in Geraldine.

The market day will be held from 9am-2pm.

The Timaru Herald