David France – Project Manager
I’m passionate about sustainability, especially when it comes to our food, but having spent a long time working within the food industry I have seen first-hand how our current system leads to huge volumes of good food being wasted. I worked most recently at the charity Fareshare where I was involved with a national programme that connects charity groups with their local stores to access surplus food. I have seen how surplus food can be a lifeline to vulnerable people. I believe that within our communities we all have the power and the responsibility to support each other, and that’s why I am so excited to be part of Eggcup!
Phil Tarney – Operations Manager
I have worked around food for the vast majority of my working life. I have seen the amount of food that goes to waste through working in supermarkets and it never sat right with me. The fact that something entirely edible has to be thrown away simply because of a number printed on the packaging can’t be right. Working at eggcup has given me the chance to address this. The food that we send out to our members is of a good standard and is helping many people in our community. I love what we do here, it really makes you feel like you are making a difference to people’s lives. I oversee the day-to-day running of Eggcup and I am responsible for making sure you have a great volunteer experience! I’m your go-to, so if you have any queries, comments or issues just let me know!
Jeni Meadows – Systems and Admin Manager
Unlike my colleagues, it wasn’t so much the food sustainability element that drew me towards Eggcup. When I started working, I very quickly realised that the corporate world wasn’t for me. I tried it for a while, and got very fed up with the excesses of it, being surrounded by egotism, and the constant drive to make money at any cost. I’d much rather be helping people, solving real problems, and finding a place within my local community, which is why my role at Eggcup is perfect for me. I’ve always been organised and driven with a good ear for listening, and being at the other end of the phone to our members means I can do what I’m good at in a place that makes every day new and exciting. Helping people makes me happy, and that’s exactly what I’m here to do.
Jay Godden – Floor Supervisor
I joined Eggcup as a volunteer after finishing my Geography degree, having felt a need to contribute positively to the Lancaster community during the COVID-19 crisis. As well as providing a valuable service to members of the community who may be in difficulty, I find that Eggcup’s core values of sustainability and equitability really resonate with my own. I’ve always cared a lot about people and the planet, and the work we do at Eggcup allows me to practice these values in food systems every day. I love the work we do at Eggcup, and I love meeting the huge variety of people that we have volunteer with us and help us achieve our goals. Outside of work I like cooking, making theatre, playing rpgs, and reading sci-fi.
Gillian Holden – Trustee
Following my retirement last year I decided I needed to keep my brain
active so I started to look for a volunteering opportunity. I knew that
I wanted to be involved with a local charity that really makes a
difference to my local area and Eggcup ticked all the boxes. I went
along for a chat and knew more or less straight away that it was right
for me. I didn’t know much about food poverty but I was able to offer
many years of experience in finance. After discovering that there was
indeed an opportunity for my skills to be utilised I volunteered for a
few months (and continue to do so) and then I was invited to become a
Trustee. Eggcup have a hard-working and friendly team of staff,
volunteers and trustees and I was honoured to accept the invitation.
When I am not “Eggcupping” I like to read, watch live cricket, cook and
do jigsaw puzzles (not at the same time though)! My two grandchildren
also keep me on my toes.
Greg Myers – Trustee
I came to eggcup through my other volunteering activities, where I saw how many people have difficulty getting enough food for themselves and their families. The food banks deal with brief crises, such as a benefits sanction or the sudden loss of a job. But we need longer- term ways to work with and support the many people who are always just on the edge of getting by, with jobs that don’t pay enough or give variable hours, and with erratic and punitive benefits.
So I joined this project thinking about food poverty. But as I’ve worked with my colleagues, I have become more aware of just how much food is wasted, of how it has become part of the system of food production and distribution, and of how much it costs the environment. (And I’ve become more aware of the waste in my own practices of shopping, cooking, and eating). The long-term challenge is both reducing food waste, and getting food that is in the wrong place to people who can use it.
To answer the question everyone asks me as soon as I open my mouth, I am originally from Idaho, in the Rocky Mountains of the western USA. I came to the UK more than 35 years ago, and taught linguistics for many years at Lancaster University. I retired two years ago. When I am not volunteering, I like to walk and take photos.
Deborah Finn – Trustee
I stumbled into all of this without much of a plan. I find it really unacceptable that some people struggle to have enough money to eat, pay the bills, feel secure in their home. We have to work towards a better world in the long term, but I felt like I needed to do something more immediate. So back in 2016 I set up the first surplus food club in the district. It worked really well and the idea took off and now we have quite a few clubs in the area. We’re loosely grouped together in an Intercepted Food Club Alliance. The food club idea took off so well that it started to seem like we could do with having our own redistribution centre right here, making it a lot easier for people to run clubs. Eggcup came into being to make that happen. Now that Eggcup is standing on its own two feet, I’m hoping that soon I’ll be able to get back to some of my hobbies of painting, writing and canoeing.