Eggcup members help to stop food going in the bin and save money on their food bill.

An Eggcup membership is a great way to stretch limited finances so you’ve more money for other essentials in life. At the same time you’re helping the planet by cutting down on food waste. And you might get to try new foods that you never knew you liked!

So, how does it work?

Eggcup is not a foodbank.  We charge a weekly membership subscription and it’s currently £5 per week.  Typically members get a carrier bag of mixed fruit and vegetables, some store cupboard items like pasta sauce, biscuits,  and beans, and fresh items such as meat, sausages, cheese or ready meals.

You never know what you’re going to get so there’s a bit of Ready, Steady, Cook!  Most of the food is absolutely perfect and it’s terrible to think it was heading towards a waste pile.  Some items might be past the Best Before date but are still fine.  We won’t give you food past its Use By date.

Where does the food come from?

We collect food from local food businesses such as supermarkets, food manufacturers and wholesalers. We are also part of a national food network that takes large amounts of surplus food from across the country.

Surplus food is what we call food that isn’t going to be sold, but which is still good to eat. Food becomes surplus for simple reasons such as over-production, labelling errors or short shelf-life. Surplus food occurs everywhere in the supply chain from farms through to supermarkets.

It is estimated that in the UK, over 2 million tonnes of edible food is wasted by the food industry every year. That’s enough food to feed over 1.8 million families for a whole year.

How do I join?

Due to unprecedented demand and the cost of living crisis, right now we are prioritising people who are really feeling the pinch. We’ve partnered with Lancaster City Council to offer 8 FREE weeks of Eggcup membership to those who are eligible. After this you can continue as a paying member.
In order to join, you’ll need to apply with Lancaster City Council. They’ll give you more information about the service and take you through the application process. You may need to provide proof of your financial situation. Please complete the form below and you’ll receive a call back from a member of the Lancaster Council Community Hub team.