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906, 2021

Volunteer week!

By |June 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Currently, it takes 75 volunteer shifts a week to keep Eggcup running. That includes the staffing to run the warehouse and serve members in Lancaster and Morecambe, the drivers to pick up and deliver food, and the admin support to keep in touch with the members. It is not just shifting crates of tins across the warehouse (though there is a lot of that): volunteers drive, enter the data, record [...]

1305, 2021

One Year of the Buying Cooperative

By |May 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

When Eggcup members come to the Lancaster Hub or the Morecambe outlet to choose their food, they always find fresh milk, eggs, and bread. They may not all realise it, but these items are different from the rest of their shop. Eggcup was set up to intercept surplus food and distribute it to people who can use it, to keep it from going to waste. Some weeks there is a [...]

2004, 2021

Food Ladders

By |April 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Eggcup is one of many organisations dealing with food poverty in Lancaster and Morecambe. Most people know about the two local food banks, Morecambe Bay Food Bank and The Olive Branch, which provide crucial, short-term support in a crisis. Eggcup and other food clubs use mostly intercepted food to provide longer-term support for people who are struggling or just about managing. There are community kitchens that, in non-Covid times, provide [...]

1103, 2021

The Morecambe outlet, two months on

By |March 11th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Jay, the manager, and volunteers Jean, Adele, and Yannick outide the Morecambe outlet. Ever since we set up the hub in Lancaster  we knew we needed a similar place for our Morecambe members. The Morecambe outlet, Food-People-Community, is a joint project with Stanleys Community Centre, funded by Food Power/Sustain and West End Morecambe Big Local. We got a lot of support from Lancaster City Council Housing Department; their staff members Dave [...]

302, 2021

Expanding the range of surplus food: Xcess

By |February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Where does Eggcup’s food come from? Most of it comes from FareShare, a national organisation that collects surplus food, for instance from supermarket distribution centres. We drive down to the regional depot in Preston three times a week to pick it up. Other food comes from local donations, such as the food we got when restaurants shut for the first lockdown, or when supermarkets shut for Christmas. And each week [...]

1201, 2021

Christmas at Eggcup

By |January 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Supermarkets have lots of surplus food at Christmas. They want to have stock of the standard items for everyone, whenever they come in, and some surprising things that they might only stock for the holiday, when customer might want to try something new. When everything closes around 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, they have lots left over, and two or three days before they open again. Often, the use-by dates [...]

1811, 2020

Recognition for Eggcup from the High Sheriff of Lancashire

By |November 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Eggcup is delighted that its work in the Covid-19 crisis has been recognised by a certificate from the High Sheriff of Lancashire.  If you are thinking of six-guns and pointed stars, Catherine Penny is not that kind of sheriff. The role dates back to 1154, and its holders, who are appointed for one year, included John of Gaunt. The role is ceremonial now. (Gardeners may recognise Catherine Penny as founder [...]

2909, 2020

Making the meals at Lancaster & Morecambe College Catering Department

By |September 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The meals that Eggcup delivers to vulnerable people around the area are made by the Lancaster and Morecambe College Catering Department, with puddings from Chef’s Catering Northwest. When David, our charity manager, first proposed the idea to Adrian (above) and Lindsey (below) at the College, they were eager to participate. The students had been sent home, the staff were doing distance teaching, the restaurant was shut, and the vast kitchens [...]

2509, 2020

Visitor brings us Sunshine

By |September 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Morecambe Visitor gives annual awards to people and organisations who have brightened up our community, in all sorts of categories: Business, Health Hero, Charity Fundraiser. Eggcup has won the 2020 award for Sustainability. We have had a very busy year since starting in June 2019, setting up the warehouse, starting a new food club, and responding to the challenges of Covid-19 with deliveries to members, a new food delivery [...]

2608, 2020

Eggcup delivers on DEFRA’s food charities grant fund

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

In July and August, the warehouse was full with even more food than usual: bread, potatoes, carrots, milk, eggs, and lots and lots of pasta. The huge walk-in refrigerator was crammed with meat and cheese. Some of this was part of our regular supply of surplus food, but much of it is paid for by the Food Charities Grant Fund, a temporary programme from the Department of Environment, Food, and [...]

1608, 2020

Volunteers make Eggcup work

By |August 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Covid-19 crisis has brought lots more work to do at Eggcup: new projects, with new deliveries and pick-ups, lots more food to check, weigh, sort and package, more demands for data and reports.  Fortunately it also brought more volunteers. When lockdown began, many people on furlough were looking for satisfying things to do, and many people who would usually volunteers elsewhere found their regular work cancelled.  We got a [...]

307, 2020

One thousand Easter eggs, and other responses to the Covid-19 Outbreak

By |July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Eggcup was set up to provide surplus food to food clubs in Lancaster and Morecambe. But from the beginning, the aim was to be flexible, to allow it to do whatever was needed. This flexibility has been tested in the Covid-19 outbreak, when food clubs stopped having social meetings, restaurants shut down, and supermarkets were besieged with panic buying, so that for some items they had empty shelves, [...]

109, 2019

Wasted food is food that someone didn’t value enough

By |September 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

As we set up our intercepted food warehouse, we have been looking at well-established projects elsewhere with similar aims, so that we can avoid reinventing the wheel and learn from the hard experience of others. In August, we drove over to Sheffield to meet René Meijer at Food Works, an organisation that redistributes surplus food. Rene had a lot of practical suggestions for Eggcup and he was very [...]

1508, 2019

Surplus Food Brexit

By |August 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

What’s going to happen to surplus food in a No Deal Brexit scenario? No one knows. There is no certainty what will happen to the nation’s retail food supply, let alone the ‘underground’ world of surplus food. We know that the UK is dependent on food imports and if we crash out without a deal, importing food will become problematic. About 30% of our food comes from the [...]

408, 2019

Depot Work Begins

By |August 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

What’s been happening down at the depot? Since we signed the lease on the unit we’ve been working to get the building equipped. The floorspace isn’t huge, so we’re having a mezzanine installed in order to create some office space. And once that’s in, we’re going to need some office equipment. On the ground floor, a freezer room and cold room are being built by the lovely people [...]




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