Published: Jan 21, 2014 5:18 AM EST
Updated: Jan 21, 2014 10:31 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. - Naples Empty Bowls combines art, music, and food.

For a $15 donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, attendees can select a beautiful, hand-crafted bowl created by school students, then enjoy the variety of soup provided by local restaurants, bread provided by Panera Bread, a silent auction, pottery demonstrations and music.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, January 25 at Cambier Park.

The park is located at 755 Eight Ave. S, in downtown Naples.

Last year, Empty Bowls Naples raised $54,000, which helped the food bank provide $324,000 in food to Southwest Florida families in need.

3,000 bowls have been handcrafted in advance of this event.

For more details, visit www.emptybowlsnaples.org or contact Joyce Jacobs at 239-334-7007 Ext. 130 or joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. The food bank provides food each month to more than 30,000 people through a network of 150 partner agencies that run soup kitchens, pantries and other programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. More than 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly.

For each donated dollar, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items. In fiscal year 2012-2013, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 16.6 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $27 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 13.8 million meals to people in need.