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 or contact Joyce Jacobs at 239-334-7007 Ext. 130 or

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.