Updated: May 13
During the COVID-19 lockdown the team at Pou Whakaaro came together and started cooking and freezing meals for people who require extra support in the community. The team also reached out to others in the community by extending our support and delivering meals to those who are vulnerable and live alone.
The frozen meals were really well received with people saying it was a nice treat to have a night or two off cooking. It is also a great way to keep a check on those people living alone in the community to ensure they are safe, happy and looked after.
Our meals are delivered once a week by our very own ‘meal angel’ who travels out into the community and delivers the meals into people's mailboxes or doorstep. “It is lovely to see the appreciation on peoples faces, many of them will stand at the door and wave. For some, the meal deliveries are the only contact they have had for weeks, it is a privilege to be part of such a caring community.”
As our country shifts to Level 2 and many return to work, the team at Pou Whakaaro is working hard to provide a safe environment for people to return to and will continue to deliver the frozen meals as we navigate a safe transition. The continued meal delivery will not only give reassurance to people that they are not alone, that we are still here, it also reminds them they are still a part of the family here at Pou Whakaaro.
Many vulnerable people are living alone and on a very tight budget, some only have as much as $50-$70 a week to spend on food. Healthy and nutritious food is important to our overall health and a good meal budget and plan is essential to eating well. Our Navigation team offers a great healthy cooking on a budget class and are working on other ways we can expand this service when our day programme returns, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here are some great resources on how to eat healthy on a budget as well as nutritious recipes.