Milton and Taieri Mouth residents are looking out for each other with a food-sharing initiative.

Milton organisation Project Bruce was approached by members of the Taieri Mouth community, Lucy Hardy and Jeannine Basquin, who asked for help in the construction of a communal pantry to be used by local people to easily distribute excess garden fruit, vegetables and other foods.

Milton Community Shed is a hub of creativity where Milton men have gathered their trade expertise and specialised tools to make installations of benefit to local people, and at the suggestion of Project Bruce sustainability projects coordinator Catherine Paul, the shed-men constructed a made-to-measure public pantry.

‘‘We worked on the pantry for about two to three hours a week over a couple of months,’’ Milton Community Shed spokesman Benjamin De Montgomerey said.

‘‘It’s nice to do something for our friends over the hill and projects like this help keep us off the streets.’’

The blue food cupboard was transported to Knarston Park late last month and put in place on a concrete pad previously constructed by a group of Taieri Mouth volunteers .

‘‘The pantry looks fantastic,’’ Mrs Paul said.

‘‘We’re really grateful to all the volunteers and to Mitre10 Dunedin for their generosity with materials.’’

Teamwork . .. Installing the pantry at Taieri Mouth.