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Recognition for Eggcup from the High Sheriff of Lancashire

2020-11-18T09:07:44+00:00

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 of Stydd Nursery in Ribchester, with its famous roses). In a normal year she would have gone around the county visiting and promoting charitable work, especially work with children, which is [...]

Recognition for Eggcup from the High Sheriff of Lancashire2020-11-18T09:07:44+00:00

Making the meals at Lancaster & Morecambe College Catering Department

2020-09-30T20:07:12+00:00

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 weren’t being used. Lindsey prepares scones. Adrian and Lindsey got together a team with their colleague Steve, some student volunteers, and College colleagues from Personnel, Health and Safety, Occupational [...]

Making the meals at Lancaster & Morecambe College Catering Department2020-09-30T20:07:12+00:00

Visitor brings us Sunshine

2020-09-25T14:55:07+00:00

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 programme, and a Buying Cooperative to add some essentials to our surplus food parcels. And we are delighted to have the well-deserved recognition for the efforts of our hard-working team and [...]

Visitor brings us Sunshine2020-09-25T14:55:07+00:00

Eggcup delivers on DEFRA’s food charities grant fund

2020-08-26T07:47:12+00:00

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 Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to get food to people who are hard-pressed financially during the Covid-19 crisis. Eggcup delivered 29288 kilos of food for this programme in seven weeks – or the [...]

Eggcup delivers on DEFRA’s food charities grant fund2020-08-26T07:47:12+00:00

Volunteers make Eggcup work

2020-08-17T21:42:41+00:00

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 remarkable range of people coming to Eggcup: a coach driver, a plumber, civil servants, a human relations consultant, students, teachers.  We also got help from members of the Big Kid Circus, [...]

Volunteers make Eggcup work2020-08-17T21:42:41+00:00

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

2020-07-14T13:36:32+00:00

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, rather than the usual surplus. I talked to Project Manager David France to catch up with what Eggcup has been doing so far during the crisis. Food clubs are meant to [...]

One thousand Easter eggs, and other responses to the Covid-19 Outbreak2020-07-14T13:36:32+00:00

Wasted food is food that someone didn’t value enough

2019-09-02T15:39:08+00:00

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 generous in sharing the lessons he had learned.   It was inspiring to see the project in action and to feel the sense of solidarity of people in another part of the [...]

Wasted food is food that someone didn’t value enough2019-09-02T15:39:08+00:00

Surplus Food Brexit

2019-09-02T11:43:24+00:00

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 EU and about another 10% comes from other parts of the world via EU trade deals. The government says that goods coming in from the EU will be waved through without [...]

Surplus Food Brexit2019-09-02T11:43:24+00:00

Depot Work Begins

2019-09-02T11:43:03+00:00

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 at Chilleco, with some racking thrown in for good measure. A tip from Annette at the Morecambe Bay Foodbank alerted us to the possibility of getting some pallet racking from a [...]

Depot Work Begins2019-09-02T11:43:03+00:00