Fort Myers, FL -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank is pleased to announce that Tamiami Ford and Tamiami Hyundai of Naples are the presenting sponsors for the 10th annual Empty Bowls Naples. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Cambier Park in downtown Naples, to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
For a suggested $15 donation, guests may choose and keep a hand-made pottery bowl to serve as a reminder of all the “empty bowls” in the world. The bowl can then be used to sample various soups donated by 46 area chefs and restaurants. Participants can choose from about 2,500 bowls, which were created throughout the year by local artists, educators, students and volunteers. The event will also feature a boutique shop and silent auction.
The two dealerships, Tamiami Ford, at 1471 Airport Road North, and Tamiami Hyundai, 6780 Airport Road North, stepped up to the plate in recognition of the need that exists in Collier County and the desire to give back to the community. In Collier County alone, 12.5 percent of residents, or about 41,000 people, often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to Feeding America’s 2015 “Map the Meal Gap” study.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank greatly appreciates their generous donation and their partnership in the fight against hunger.
About Tamiami Ford/Tamiami Hyundai:
Tamiami Ford and Tamiami Hyundai, serving the Naples and surrounding areas since 1973, is family-owned and operated. The Zellers Family dealerships strive for excellence by being customer-centered and community-driven. Tamiami Ford and Hyundai love the community of Naples, and the attitude of the Zellers family and their employees toward the business is very simple: Value customers and treat them with honesty and fairness. The third generation Tamiami Auto Group plans on being a part of the community for many years by keeping a lasting relationship with everyone who visits the dealerships.
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank:
The Harry Chapin Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provided 18.4 million pounds of food, valued at about $31.3 million, to more than 150 partner agencies across five counties in Southwest Florida. This was the equivalent of about 15.3 million meals.
The food bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization, for six consecutive years. The food bank has also been awarded a Gold Star by GuideStar Exchange, another national organization that evaluates nonprofits, their finances and accountability.