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 high 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  and Citizen’s Advice 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 to Lancaster City Council’s Lancaster District Hardship Fund. As part of the process you’ll have an appointment with Citizen’s advice to see if they can help with your financial situation. You may also be able to get other financial support from this fund including help with utility bills, housing costs and household appliances. You can apply online using the link below:
Lancaster District Hardship Fund

If you have any issues or need any help to apply, just gives us a call.