In the lead up to the nation’s unprecedented lockdown, a local charity prepared and delivered more than 100 meals to families in need.

Bellyful is a volunteer based initiative that has been delivering meals to families with newborns, young children, and families struggling with illness since 2009.

The Karori branch is part of the nationwide organisation, branch coordinator Jacqui Jago and her team of 23 volunteers worked tirelessly to provide vulnerable Wellington families frozen meals in time for the lockdown.

This March, Bellyful Karori delivered 182 meals to 44 families which is more than double what the charity usually deliver in a month.

Bellyful's services are currently suspended, the first time since the Karori branch opened in 2011. A post on their Facebook page said “This is absolutely a time to think about vulnerable families in our community.”

Jago said as soon as they were able to, they would be back and ready to help more families. She asked that anyone who wanted to help when the lockdown was over to contact their nearest branch to donate the specific ingredients they needed.