La Colaborativa distributes food to 7,000+ families each week from Chelsea and surrounding areas. Our doors are open to all as food distributions take place four days/week from our location on Sixth Street. We offer pre-packaged food boxes and a mercado shopping option to supplement boxes with fresh, healthy produce. We also coordinate home food deliveries for vulnerable families and are expanding partnerships and resources to bring more healthy food to our families’ tables.

Planned expansions for 2021 include a focus on healthy eating and nutrition that can help keep our residents nourished and healthy amid the pandemic and beyond. Food security and healthy nutrition are the foundation for addressing our community’s history of poor health outcomes and chronic food insecurity.  

In 2022, we are thrilled to announce we will be moving our food pantry to a permanent Chelsea location and launching significant expansions to promote healthy eating, nutrition, and physical fitness. A commercial kitchen will complement food distributions with healthy meal demonstrations and workforce development opportunities for hospitality workers and food entrepreneurs. More details to come!

Weekly Schedule

In fall 2021, La Colaborativa’s food pantry at 25 Sixth Street is open for food distributions on Tuesdays through Fridays, with mobile distributions taking place weekly in nearby cities and towns. Please check our Facebook page for the most up to date schedule. Distribution schedules unfortunately change frequently due to availability of food. The food pantry remains open until all boxes for the day are distributed.

Home deliveries are also available for residents of Chelsea who are COVID positive, elderly, pregnant, or disabled. If you need a food box delivered to your home, please fill out the request form below.


 Food Distribution

2:00pm – 5:00pm

@ 25 Sixth Street

Distribution will be active until last available box!


 Food & Diaper Distribution

10:00am – 2:00pm

@ 25 Sixth Street

Distribution will be active until last available box!


 Food Distribution

3:00pm – 6:00pm

@ 25 Sixth Street

Distribution will be active until last available box!


November 5 Only

No Food Distribution

Request Food Delivery


Food delivery is available for families who cannot come to the pantry to collect their boxes due to health, transportation, or other risk factors. Please fill out the form below to request a delivery to your home.

What’s Available

Food boxes can vary greatly each week. We do our best to ensure that each box is complete with nutritious ingredients that are culturally familiar to our Latinx community and can be used together to create full meals for your families. Typical foods included in boxes include:

  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Meat
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Rice
  • Oil
  • Sugar
  • Maseca
  • Grains
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Waffles
Diapers & Baby Supplies

Diapers and baby supplies are distributed every Wednesday while supplies last. 

  • Diapers, size NB-6
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Food
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Policies & Procedures

La Colaborativa is committed to doing whatever it takes to address the widespread food insecurity in our community. Access to food is a human right. We work to ensure that every single person accessing our panty is treated with dignity and respect.

  • The food pantry is open to all, regardless of city of residency
  • Reason for delivery: COVID-19, elderly, pregnant, disabled
  • Food boxes are pre-packaged with available food donations for that day.
  • Boxes typically include enough food for a family of 4 to eat for 2-3 days.
  • We will do our best to accommodate any special requests or dietary needs.. Please let a staff member know what you need when you come to collect your food.
  • Masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet are required for everyone in the food line.
  • No ID required
  • Everyone is welcome
  • Subject to change due to weather, availability and timing of donations
  • You are welcome to come as often

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