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Remote working

Posted: 29 Aug 2023

Deadline: 9 Oct 2023

Compensation: Voluntary

Unpaid Volunteer Remote working


Job description

Eggcup is seeking trustees to oversee the work of our food aid organisation.  We work on food insecurity and community building.  Our aim is not only to ensure that people have food, but also to encourage cooperation and sense of community.  We also hope to provide some insight into the food system and levels of waste involved in commercial food supply.

We have a food warehouse in the centre of Lancaster that serves a member outlet in Lancaster and another in Morecambe.  We have 7 full-time staff, including two co-managers who report to the Board of Trustees at monthly intervals.  We have about 90 active volunteers across both sites, including a team of van drivers.  Eggcup offers a food club membership to about 650 households in the district, who visit our outlet weekly for their 'shop'.  Eggcup uses the resource of surplus food, and we supplement this with bought food to ensure a balanced offer to our members.  We also operate a buying cooperative to harness collective buying power for staple foods and we run that service across the district for other community food organisations.  Eggcup is a partner within Food Futures Climate Action Funded project in North Lancashire.  Through CAF we are funded to have a Gleaning Coordinator, and gleaned produce is brought to our warehouse.  There is significant tension between the values and drivers in the food poverty work and sustainable food activism and the food that we work with is often not ideal, but we try to build bridges where we can.

We are looking for people with a creative approach to service design and business, enthusiasm for community food work, and willingness to think hard about knotty social issues.  Since the crisis, trustee meetings have all been online, documents are shared and edited online, and we realise that we could recruit a trustee from further afield, and this might even bring in some interesting new perspectives to our group.  

Eggcup is a founding member of the Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership, we are members of IFAN, and well supported by our city council, for whom food poverty is a key target.  Visit our website at 

Application information

Please make initial contact to express interest by email to the chair of trustees, Deborah Finn, via  See our trustee application section on our website at

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About Eggcup

We work in the area of social justice, food insecurity and community building. We redistribute surplus food and operate a district-wide buying cooperative to harness collective buying power. We have two food club outlets for our members, one in Lancaster and one in Morecambe. We have a core staff and we rely on many volunteers including our own members who volunteer with us. Our membership scheme brings in some income but we still rely on grant funding and fundraising. We would like to diversify into some profit-making food activities to subsidise the community work.