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Stamp Out Hunger

On May 13, the nation's largest food drive took place with the help of thousands of volunteers and postal workers. Organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers over 20 years ago, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive collects millions of pounds of food every year. This year, LifeNet4Families was able to keep and collect all the food ammased in 14 postal offices in Broward County, bringing the total pounds of food to over 100,000 lbs.

Thanks to everyone in our community and to the hundreds of volunteers who helped us sort and box the food, we will be able to feed thousands of families and individuals this year! If you would like to learn more about the food drive, how you can participate in it next year, or what events are coming up where you can participate, please email our Community Relations Coordinator at!

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization, incredible men and women who share the same passion we do for making a difference in other people's lives. On April 22nd, we celebrated them, our Unsung Heroes, recognizing them for their outstanding contribution to our mission. We are forever grateful for not only the time and help that they provide our organization, but also for the love and compassion that they show our clients everyday as they come in to receive help. Thank you for doing what is right, for contributing to uplift and help families and individuals, and for being the catalyst of change and healing.

83rd Easter Sunrise Service

On April 16th, Easter Sunday, LifeNet4Families attended the 83rd Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the Business and Professional Women's club of Fort Lauderdale. As in previous years, LifeNet4Families was one of the beneficiary organizations to be helped by the collection gathered from the hundreds of individuals who attended the event. It is thanks to individuals and organizations like the Business and Professional Women's club that we are able to continue our reach into our community, getting our services know and helping families and individuals with food, ancillary services and referrals!

Andy's Family Pasta Dinner 2017

LifeNet4Families and Andy Cagnetta celebrate another successful year, raising money at Andy's 15th Annual Family Pasta Dinner!

On February 12th, Andy Cagnetta, CEO of Transworld Business Advisors, hosted a record-breaking Italian dinner that was attended by over 850 children and adults and raised enough over $200,000.

Over the last 15 years, Andy's Annual Family Pasta Dinner has raised in excess of $1,000,000 for the food insecure in Broward County. To show our appreciation to the Cagnetta family and their ongoing efforts to decrease hunger in Broward County, LifeNet4Families' proudly presents the Andy and Allison Cagnetta Scholarship Fund, which provides a scholarship award to a homeless high school senior, who despite their hardships, has excelled academically and has also given back to society through volunteerism.

About LifeNet4Families
Formerly known as the Cooperative Feeding Program, LifeNet4Families is Broward County's largest community-based food pantry and is designed to meet the needs of families and individuals who have fallen into economic hardship, including the homeless, nearly homeless, those with disabilities, the elderly, and persons with mental illness. Among the many services offered by LifeNet4Families is a Community Kitchen serving 400-600 meals a day 365 day of the year, an Emergency Food Pantry helping up to 4,000 low-income families monthly; and a staging area for local agencies and government during times of Disaster Assistance.

Operation Fresh Start

The brainchild of LifeNet’s President & CEO, Dr. Melanie Geddes, this innovative idea called “Operation Fresh Start” was born out of a desire to maximize resources and minimize duplication of efforts. While many local agencies and faith-based organizations provide school supplies at the start of the school year, children often need additional supplies during the year, especially after the winter break. Many parents do not have the resources to ensure their children are prepared. Sadly, for the poorest families in our community, the struggle to respond to this complex equation of demand and school supply right after the holidays, becomes a critical choice between books and other vital necessities such as food, shelter and paying for utilities.


This year, thanks to the help from many in our community, we were able to host a two-day event where hundreds of children found themselves benefiting from this initiative. Children and parents where given new backpacks, school supplies, shoes, and books in order to guarantee a successful second semester of education!

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