Healthy Bellies Fundraising Event July 4th

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Dada executive chef Bruce Feingold has lots to be proud of. He’s won the annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival two-years- running, and has been selected as the “best chef” by the Broward Palm Beach New Times reader’s choice more times than he can count. But these days, Feingold has more than a few accolades to be proud of. He’s also the co-founder and creator of a charitable project that, to date, has raised more than $8,000 to help feed hungry kids in his own community, Delray Beach. Known as Healthy Bellies, the project — which works in conjunction with Delray Beach’s Achievement Center — aims to feed and educate at-risk youth and their families on the importance of healthy eating habits. Feingold, who works alongside his wife, Amanda, organizes events and cooking lessons for the Achievement Center. The Achievement Center has been serving Palm Beach County’s neediest children and their families since 1969. As a nonprofit social services agency, the goal is to provide affordable quality care to children. The Achievement Center currently provides daily breakfast, lunch, and a snack — as well as two dinners a week — to 700 families in Delray Beach. When the Feingolds heard the dinners were limited to just twice a week, they decided to help, and began Healthy Bellies as a way to raise money to donate to the Achievement Center to provide more food for the program. Today, the center is able to provide as many as four additional dinners each week. The Feingolds also organize regular events at the Achievement Center, donating their time to help families and children learn the importance of a balanced diet. That includes cooking classes, smart grocery shopping to save money, healthy eating tips, and how to save money by staying away from fast food. “I provide as much educational awareness as I can, things like how to shop smart, buy in bulk, and take advantage of farmers’ markets and produce stands,” said Feingold. Part of that includes a blog where the Feingolds post a regular “slow cooker Friday” recipe — fun, healthy recipes that are quick, easy, and inexpensive but provide quality nutrition. This year, Dada will be hosting a July 4th Cookout event to raise money for Healthy Bellies. Starting at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy livesic and an outdoor BBQ, with all proceeds going to purchase large slow cookers to donate to Achievement Center families. Donations of slow cookers are also being accepted. “The goal is to raise enough money so that each family at the Achievement Center can have a crock pot for their home,” said Feingold. How can you get involved? Guests visiting Dada will have the opportunity make a donation in any amount at the end of their meal — much like leaving a tip. Each month, the funds are collected and donated to the Achievement Center through Healthy Bellies. For more information contact Bruce and Amanda Feingold at healthybellies2013@hotmail.com.