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2310, 2022

A better society is possible.

By |October 23, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Over Challenge Poverty Week we have explored some of the issues related to poverty in the UK - the factors that drive poverty; the impact that poverty and wider inequality can have; how the reliance on surplus food has created a fragile support system ill-equipped to handle the current level of demand; and how austerity targets the poorest in society. But you may have noticed that we have not [...]

2210, 2022

Austerity creates poverty

By |October 22, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Do any of these things worry you: Not being able to get a GP appointment Needing expensive social care as you get older Not having enough money coming in to pay your bills Having to wait for critical hospital treatment Losing your home if you can’t pay the rent or mortgage Your children’s mental health and support needs not being addressed If so, you’ll be more worried to hear that [...]

2110, 2022

Dusty’s story

By |October 21, 2022|Categories: Blog|

In this blog post we tell the story of Eggcup member, Trustee and anti-poverty campaigner, Dusty. Dusty is not able to work due to long term health issues and lives on the poverty line, relying on disability payments (PIP). He’s a strong champion of the voices of those with lived experience of poverty, using his own experience and those of others to challenge the divisive stereotypes of ‘benefit cheats’ [...]

2010, 2022

Food waste cannot solve poverty: why surplus food redistribution is not the answer

By |October 20, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Our current food system is extremely wasteful- in fact food waste is built into how many large food businesses and supermarkets operate. In recent years surplus food created through this wasteful system has increasingly been channelled to food support services, such as food banks and food clubs like Eggcup. Initially this seems to be a neat solution- reducing waste issues for food businesses and providing more affordable food for [...]

1810, 2022

Why do people end up in poverty?

By |October 18, 2022|Categories: Blog|

In the UK, the rate of unemployment is at its lowest level since 1974 and employers are struggling to recruit. Some people on Easy Street say that people are only poor because they’re lazy and they like living on benefits. But no one who needs to survive the current UK social security system would endorse such a viewpoint. So, why do people need social security support? Well, here are [...]

1710, 2022

Email your MP – Charity cannot end poverty

By |October 17, 2022|Categories: Blog|

It's Challenge Poverty Week. Let's make a stand against the inequality that causes so many in our community to suffer. We cannot continue to rely on already over-burdened charities to help the ever increasing number of people who cannot afford the basics. The current system is failing and only the government has the power to fix it. Join us in calling on our MPs to stand up for their [...]

1710, 2022

Challenge Poverty Week

By |October 17, 2022|Categories: Blog|

More than one third of all children in the UK are living in poverty.  According to 2020 official statistics 14.4 million people in the UK were living in families in poverty, with 4.5 million of them in deep poverty.  It was optimistically estimated that by 2023 an additional 3 million people would be living in poverty.  But as 2022 tailspins out of control we can see that was a [...]

2009, 2022

Local Heroes: Wallings Ice Cream

By |September 20, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Eggcup has been helped a great deal by some local business supporters. Let’s start with Wallings Ice Cream, a name everyone around Lancaster thinks of in this (occasionally) hot time of the year. This local family has had a dairy farm at Cockerham, south of Lancaster, since 1948, and has been making ice cream with their milk since 1986. Wallings has given Eggcup  some ice cream (see the photo). More [...]

2908, 2022

Guest post: In search of the perfect cauliflower?

By |August 29, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Guest post by Nina Osswald, Food Futures Gleaning Cauliflowers At this time of the year, the harvest season is in full swing. For one farmer in the south of Lancashire this meant that a field full of cauliflowers were ready to be harvested, cooked and enjoyed. Except, nobody seemed to want to buy them. It turns out that bulk buyers like supermarkets have very specific specifications, and only a small [...]

1003, 2022

21st Century Gleaning to Reduce Food Waste

By |March 10, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Around one third of all food produced globally currently goes to waste, contributing around 8-10% of the total man-made greenhouse gas emissions. This is a huge waste of energy and other resources like water, land and nutrients required to produce the food in the first place. As part of #FoodWasteActionWeek 2022 Eggcup have been highlighting different ways to reduce waste in our homes, but most of our work focuses on [...]

311, 2021

One year (and a bit more) at the Lancaster Hub

By |November 3, 2021|Categories: Blog|

When Eggcup started out, more than two years ago, we knew we needed a modest-sized warehouse to store the food and keep industrial-sized fridge and freezers. But we didn’t plan on having a place to meet members – that would all be done at weekly food club meetings at community centres, church halls, and pub rooms, hired by those groups for the evening. David and the staff members set up [...]

906, 2021

Volunteer week!

By |June 9, 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 13, 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 20, 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 11, 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 3, 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 12, 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 18, 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 29, 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 25, 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 26, 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 16, 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 3, 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 1, 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 15, 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 4, 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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