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Families are receiving a helping hand thanks to the Alexandra Parents Centre.

Meals4Mums is a volunteer initiative of the parents centre, providing meals and home baking as families adjust to having a newborn baby in the house.

Meals4Mums co-ordinator Nicola Rae said during lockdown last year, the centre became aware many families were struggling due to lost jobs, reduced income and separation from wider family support.

The centre had been providing meals to parent centre members but decided to open the programme to the wider community.

who may have found themselves in need, were able to receive three meals and some baking made by volunteers.

The delivery of the meals was an opportunity for people to check in and make face-to-face contact with the families, Mrs Rae said.

The idea was not a new one. However, other programmes did not extend to Alexandra.

“There’s heaps of people doing similar things didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, but we mainly cover the Alexandra area,” she said.

For volunteer Susan Church, baking for Meals4Mums was a good way to get involved in the community after moving back to Alexandra after living away for a few years.

“If you can, why not?” she said.

“I love baking and my friends were getting fat so I needed to give it away.”

New mum Haley Dundass said the meals were “definitely” a help after daughter Mazie was born two weeks ago.

“They’ve been so wonderful. It’s such a special thing,” she said.

“Especially when you’re up in the middle of the night with a newborn.”

The Alexandra Parents Centre was looking for more volunteers for Meals4 Mums. Interested people coild contact the centre directly, Mrs Rae said.