How WELLfed started
WELLfed began with two local ladies, Kim and Rebecca,connecting with and listening to the stories of mums in the Porirua East community.
"I used to hide myself at home,
now I'm coming out more.
I thought I was the only one
in my situation."
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. These parents 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 classes are fun, uplifting and relaxed and community resilience and connections are being grown.
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 individuals and organisations.
WELLfed recipes have been approved by a Dietitian and are based around seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. To date, the cost of running WELLfed has been covered by grant funding and generous support from community groups.
WELLfed has a fantastic group of amazing volunteers who have donated thousands of hours to establish and operate this program.
In October 2017 a second daytime WELLfed class started at Corinna School in Waitangirua, followed by evening classes hosted by Pacific Health Services Porirua in November 2017.
After four years of running...
3,400+ meals/batches have been made
20,700+ local mouths have been fed
3,700+ items of equipment have been given out
13,100+ kg of food rescued and turned into meals
267+ 3-hour classes delivered
Now WELLfed has four classes running each week in term-time!
How you can be part of WELLfed
There is a lot of interest in WELLfed classes and we intend to launch at more locations in the future.
If you’d like more information about WELLfed or to help support this initiative please email us at