PLANT CITY – Entertainment, an auction and of course soup, will be part of Saturday’s fundraiser for the United Food Bank of Plant City.
But much of the purpose of the fifth annual Empty Bowls Project is to raise awareness of the plight of the needy in the Plant City area, food bank spokeswoman Leigh Scott said.
“We want to draw attention to hunger and the needy,” she said.
The fundraiser will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the historic downtown train depot, 102 N. Palmer St. More than a dozen churches, civic groups and others will offer soups starting at 11 a.m. The cost is a $10 donation for two 8 ounce cups or a 16 ounce cup of soup, water, bread and fruit.
Everyone who purchases a cup of soup will receive a clay bowl created by students in Plant City area schools.
The soups that will be available will include potato, Spanish bean, smoked pot roast and Brunswick stew. The groups that will prepare the soups include Lone Oak Baptist Church, 4-H club, Plant City Fire Rescue and Police departments and others.
The entertainment schedule is as follows: Plant City Community Chorale, 10:30 a.m.; NRG, 11:15 a.m.; and Ace Jackson and the Jump Kings, 12:30 p.m.
The day also includes a drawing and an auction for a fountain created by a professional artist. The Plant City Junior Woman’s Club will sell desserts and there will be a children’s sidewalk chalk art contest.
All proceeds go to the food bank, which helped 30,000 people in the last year, and the need is growing. The food bank was established in 1999 to help feed the Plant City area’s needy.
If you go
What: Empty Bowls Project to benefit United Food Bank of Plant City
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum at Union Station Depot, 102 N. Palmer St.
Cost: No admission charge; cost for meal is $10 for soup, fruit, bread and water
Information: (813) 764-0625