Food

La Colaborativa’s Food Pantry has moved to 63 Sixth Street in Chelsea. 

La Colaborativa distributes food to 5,000+ families each week from Chelsea and surrounding areas. Our doors are open to all. 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 2022 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. We are also expanding support for residents to apply for SNAP and other cash benefits directly through La Colabortiva.

In 2022, we are thrilled to announce we will be moving our food pantry to a new permanent Chelsea location at 63 Sixth Street, 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

While we renovate our new location, we will host pop-up food pantries from the parking lot 63 Sixth Street in Chelsea and in locations across Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, and Revere. Distribution schedules unfortunately can 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.

Monday

 Food Distribution

11:00am – 2:00pm

@ 63 Sixth Street

Distribution will be active until last available box!

Wednesday

 Food & Diaper Distribution

4:00pm – 7:00pm

@ 63 Sixth Street

Distribution will be active until last available box!

Friday

 Food Distribution

12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ 63 Sixth Street

Distribution will be active until last available box!

Saturday

 Pop-Up Food Distribution

Check Facebook for time and location details

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. If you have COVID-19 you will get a food box for two weeks. If you are requesting a delivery for any other reason, our triage staff will contact you for more information and you will get deliveries every week.

Please click here to sign up.

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:

Food
  • 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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