SPECIMEN Hill Primary School is trialling a food pantry for the school community in an effort to tackle food insecurity.
With the help of Bendigo Foodshare, the school is making fresh foods and non-perishable essentials available to those in need.
The school previously provided food hampers to families it knew were struggling.
Assistant principal Jac Louttit said the COVID-19 pandemic had highlighted the need within the school community and prompted the school to think differently about how it made food available.
Instead of phoning to request a hamper, families are able to take what they need from the pantry when visiting the school.