Art Works 4 Food to Bring Healthy Foods to the Hungry and Homeless Children in Delray and PB County

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – Successful Delray Beach real estate developer, entrepreneur, and major pop culture and art collector, Anthony V. Pugliese, lll, who also has been credited with initiating the redevelopment of Delray’s trendy artist area Pineapple Grove in 2001 has now turned his focus on the growing number of homeless and hungry children Palm Beach County and their need for healthy food. Mr. Pugliese founded Art Works 4 Food, a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness and funds to assist these “Food Insecure” children to have access to fresh and nutritious foods that will assist to reduce obesity, school dropouts, health, behavioral issues. “The plight of hunger is worldwide but to think that right here in Palm Beach County, one of the most affluent counties in the country we have over 55% of children on free or reduced lunch program, along with an astonishing 83% increase in school age homelessness since 2007 and a 66% growth of poverty rates in Palm Beach School districts since 2010 is something we cannot sit by and watch, commented Mr. Pugliese. “These at risk children have very limited or no access to fresh, nutritious foods; we see the direct correlation of increased medical, mental illness along with higher school drop outs, behavior problems in conjunction with poor diets and poverty. These children need healthy nutritious and fresh foods not just the inexpensive, highly processed foods filled with sugar and fats which unfortunately is what they have access to.”

Art Works 4 Food will raise funds and awareness through Art as a communication platform, art auctions of children, amateur and professional artworks to assist the many other Palm Beach County non-profits serving these hungry and homeless children. Art Works 4 Food launched “The Summer Fresh Fruit Program” in June- August 2012 in conjunction with fresh produce sponsor, produce peddler Green Market at the Carnival Flea Market which provided over 3000 pieces of fresh fruit to CROS Ministries, St. Paul’s Summer Camp program and the Milagro Center in Delray Beach. Art Works 4 Food is seeking volunteers and donors to assist in extending the summer program to serve other after school programs in the Fall and amateur and professional artists for the Art Works 4 Food Auction fund raising series which will begin in October. Art Works 4 Food website: www.Artworks4food.org