The WELLfed Mission: To provide the opportunity for parents to learn how to feed their families well.
WELLfed provides free cooking classes for parents based in Porirua East. Participants learn how to plan, shop, safely prepare and cook low-cost healthy meals, with a strong focus on seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. WELLfed has been co-designed with the local community, to make the classes accessible and to ensure that the recipes and classes make a real difference.
"I love WELLfed. It's amazing how a small cooking class has changed my life."
WELLfed was honoured to be Category Runner Up in the Porirua 2017 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.
WELLfed Learners practise how to:
Plan, shop for, prepare and cook low-cost healthy meals
Best use seasonal, fresh fruit and vegetables wherever possible
Budget and find ingredients to get "more for your dollar"
Apply safe food handling and storage techniques
What our learners say about their WELLfed Journey....
"It’s amazing how a small cooking class has changed my life. I have learned to cook, and budget and I feel encouraged."
"WELLfed was better than I thought. I thought I’d just come along once, because I’m quite shy, but I felt comfortable and welcome. I’ve learned new things. I’ve definitely gotten better at cooking."
"We used to get takeaways Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Now just once a week or less.”
"I never made homemade lunches before and didn’t buy fruit and vegetables at the market - now I do both of these."
"I have 8 children and my spending has gone down from $500 per week to around $300 per week. Also we’re eating healthier food and more vegetables. I have received some kitchen utensils and measuring equipment and connections for help with setting up a vegetable garden that I didn’t have before."
"Now I’m making Anzac biscuits and muffins instead of buying biscuits and snacks for my family. I can give baking as a gift. I appreciate Becs and Kim sharing their experience and giving us ideas."
The WELLfed Story
WELLfed began with two local ladies, Kim and Rebecca, connecting with and listening to the stories of mums in the Porirua East community. The stories identified that many of these families lacked or had minimal basic cooking skills, recipes and kitchen equipment to prepare and make their own healthy meals and food at home. The mums were so keen and willing to learn new skills to be able to feed their families well, and have worked together as partners in developing this programme.
The very first WELLfed course started in August 2016 at Holy Family School in Cannons Creek, after a lot of planning and engaging with local people and organisations. In early 2017 WELLfed teamed up with Healthy Futures, a team of health professionals working to reduce preventable illnesses in children. The WELLfed recipes have been approved by a Healthy Futures Dietitian. To date, the cost of running WELLfed has been covered by grant funding and generous support from Holy Family School and other community groups. WELLfed has had a lot of help from amazing volunteers to establish and operate this program. In October 2017 a second WELLfed class started based at Corinna School in Waitangirua, followed by evening classes hosted by Pacific Health Services Porirua in November 2017.
A few of life’s stresses are easing for these families and their own children are reaping the benefits too. The classes are fun and relaxed and community connections are being grown.
Since August 2016
200 + meals taught, cooked, and taken home to share with their families
800 + hours of student cooking teaching and learning
1,500 + volunteer hours donated to develop the WELLfed programme
"I used to hide myself at home, now I'm coming out more. I thought I was the only one in my situation."
How you can be part of WELLfed
There is a lot of interest in WELLfed classes and we intend to launch at more low decile schools in the future.
If you’d like more information about WELLfed or to help support this initiative please email us at:
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