People struggle with hunger in every county in Florida. They are our neighbors, kids in our children’s classes – or families we never noticed.

Andy’s 18th Annual Family Pasta Dinner is a very enjoyable event for adults and children to raise money for LifeNet4Families. There’s scrumptious Italian food, fun-packed games & activities for kids, exciting silent auction items, and much more. Being part of helping people and giving back has never been more rewarding!

“18 years ago, I started with a simple idea to invite friends and family to LifeNet4Families to share what great things they were doing for the community. That evolved into Andy’s Annual Family Pasta Dinner. Our fun, casual, family event is also unique in the sense that it focuses on incorporating activities for the kids, while also helping teach them the importance of giving back.

From this concept came the Junior Chef program. We involve our schools and ask children to participate in the fundraising aspect of the event. They are then recognized for their accomplishments and leadership by attending the event and coming on stage to receive their chef hats. The program has become one of the most popular aspects of the event, and one we are focused on growing in years to come.

Bringing awareness to the LifeNet4Families mission, while at the same time bringing families together, has exceeded our expectations.”

Andy Cagnetta
Head Chef


More than 260,000 people in Broward County do not know where their next meal will come from. These people, many of them children, go to bed hungry every night. They need our help. LifeNet4Families has battled hunger and served the homeless and needy of Broward County for more than 30 years. In addition to its goal of ending hunger, LifeNet4Families also works to help clients regain or maintain stability by providing them with access to on-site shower facilities, clothing, counseling, referrals, job readiness preparation, emergency financial assistance, mailing address usage, mail retrieval services, and much more.

Andy’s 18th Annual Family Pasta Dinner is a fun-filled event for the entire family to raise money for LifeNet4Families. With amazing Italian food, games & activities for kids, wonderful silent auction items, and much more, helping people has never been more fun!



Over the last 18 years, Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner has raised more than $1.5 million for LifeNet4Families equating to more than a million meals.

From its humble beginnings almost 18 years ago as a modest gathering in LifeNet4Families’ Community Kitchen, the event has grown to one which attracts more than 900 participants annually, and includes silent and live auctions, children’s activities and, of course, an old-fashioned family-style pasta dinner. This year, we expect to raise an additional $300,000 to fight hunger!

Jr. Chefs 2019


“The Jr. Chef program introduces high school and middle school students to an opportunity where they can volunteer their time to help others and learn a sense of gratitude and empathy for the needs of the less fortunate in their community.

We invite you to become a Junior Chef, the title we have given to student volunteers who volunteer both their time at LifeNet4Families and fund-raise for the event.”