What is #FoodBankAdvent?
It’s a very simple idea based on the reverse Advent calendar. Rather than take something out of a box for 25 days, you put something – food, drink and toiletries – in. Once you’ve got a full collection, you then donate it to your local food bank, which in turn makes sure those in need have the supplies to feed themselves and their family.
The key here is to start ASAP. The earlier the food bank gets the donation, the easier it is for them to process and then distribute it. So as lovely as it might seem to hand over a bunch of goodies on Christmas Eve, it’s not at all practical. You might even want to start off your Advent collection with five or six items to give yourself a bit of a head start.
If you’d like to start a bit later – that’s cool too. But then it’s better to donate in the New Year – people who need to use food banks don’t suddenly stop needing them on 25 December.