Reverse Advent Calendar stocks food bank shelves

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This past Sunday, Nov. 29, the first Sunday of Advent, the people of Dundalk Wesleyan Church started an effort to help those in need that they hope the community in Dundalk and Southgate may join.

Pastor Chris Lang said the idea came for one of their church members last year and was a great success in the congregation, so they are opening it up.

The effort aims to help stock the shelves of the Dundalk Food Bank with a Food Drive that will take place during the season of Advent.

Advent is the time when Christians count down the days until Christmas when they celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The Food Drive is called a “Reverse Advent Calendar Food Drive” because instead of counting down, the Food Drive instead adds items each day.

At the end, people have assembled a large box of non-perishable food items ready for the Food Bank. The Food Drive runs until Sunday Dec. 20.

There is a list of food items for each day of the Food Drive. For example Nov. 29, peanut butter; Nov. 30 - canned meat; Dec. 1 canned vegetables; Dec. 2, mac and cheese and so on. Members of the community who are not connected to the church are invited to participate in this Food Drive as well.

They can donate the food items week by week at a box at the Co-operators office at 40 Main St. E., Dundalk, or contact the church to make arrangements to drop off the finished box.

You can email the church at for more information.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald