The Cromwell community pantry has been restored after a suspicious fire destroyed it earlier this year.

A collaborative effort between local businesses, community organisations and Cromwell Primary School brought about the pantry’s reinstatement in the alleyway behind Cromwell Community House last week.

The community pantry was established in 2019 by Cromwell Primary School pupils Seth O’Neill and Cruz Nicholson in response to the 17 United Nations global goals for sustainable development.

The pupils wanted to help reduce the level of hunger in the Cromwell community to zero.

‘‘Cruz and I came up with the idea of how we could help with zero hunger in our community by making the community pantry,’’ Seth said.

‘‘We purchased an old cupboard from the local second-hand store, took the doors off and put some shelving in and painted it.’’

Cromwell Community House offered to help oversee the pantry, which allows people to donate and collect non-perishable food items.