Multiple Resources May Make the Difference

Whatever your financial crisis is, we encourage you to browse all the resources gathered on these pages. While some may not help your immediate need, many can help you save costs on significant parts of your budget (particularly food expenses) freeing up valuable resources to help you address other needs you may have.



On Campus Resources

Learn about free and low cost food available on campus by following us on Twitter @SJSU FreeFood 

CHEW (Cooking Healthy, Eating Well)

ChewStudents can sign up for free cooking classes (pdf) in our new Student Wellness Center. Each cooking class teaches basic cooking skills utilizing affordable ingredients and all participants walk away with free food and useful knowledge. Sign up online. Send your suggestions, questions or comments regarding CHEW classes to

Food Shelf Dishes

We've put together short demonstration videos on creating meals using many of the items commonly found at our food shelf locations.

Peer Connections Breakfast Club

Come pick up some quick breakfast goods at Peer Connections and sign up for some assistance with your courses while you are at it! The Breakfast Club is located in Peer Connections, Student Services Center 600, which is directly next to the 10th St. Parking Garage and is open Monday-Friday 10am-1pm.

Student Wellness Center - Food for Thought

Stop by the Wellness Lounge in the afternoon for bagels and more to fuel your brain. The Food for Thought table is located in the Student Wellness Center, Wellness Lounge room 101 and is open Monday-Thursday 9am-5:30pm; Fri 9am-4pm.  



For recipe cards using some of the items distributed, click here.

CalFresh Sign-Ups

For students who need help applying to CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), there are drop-in hours on Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and on Wednesdays from 1-4:30pm in the Student Wellness Center room 101B (starting August 25, 2018.)

Associated Students Community Garden 

Volunteer at the Associated Students Community Garden. Learn how to grow your own food and try some samples while you volunteer.

A.S. Community Garden Hours:

Monday 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm

On-Campus Value Items

Eating on-campus? Check out a list of meals you can get for $5 or less.

For more information on campus food resources, please contact

For more support with finding resources in the community, please contact Celinda Miranda, Case Manager in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at

Learn more about Counseling and Psychological Services on campus:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Phone: (408) 924-5910
Student Wellness Center, Room 300B  







Off Campus Resources

Food Connection Hotline

Second Harvest Food Bank Logo
Calls answered Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm

Call this number to find out where you can go to pick up free bags of groceries once or twice a month in your neighborhood, or nearby. When you call, be sure to ask about the "Produce Mobile" to learn about how you can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables as well. There is no income or legal status requirements for these programs.

Hot Meals Close to Campus

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Logo405 N. 4th St. at Julian St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 282-1175

Serves lunch and dinner,
Monday through Saturday
Lunch | 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Dinner | 5:15pm – 6:15pm

Spartan Community Meals

Convenient location next to campus dorms! (Across San Salvador Street)

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

405 S 10th St, San José, CA 95112 (parking not available)

FREE weekly hot meals served every Wednesday from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. (begins Wednesday, January 30 for Spring 2019 semester)

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen LogoLoaves and Fishes Family Kitchen
at Goodwill Silicon Valley

1080 N. 7th St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 998-1500

Serves dinner,
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 4:30 – 5:30pm
All are welcome to bring containers and take extra food to go.

Additional South Bay Resources

Food program (pdf) at Antioch Baptist Church, 268 E.Julian St at

Here is a longer list of food resources in the South Bay (pdf) 


House Sharing Program

The House Sharing Program of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is a new FREE, affordable housing program that helps match people who are looking for a room to rent, with people who have an available room in their home, at an affordable price. Each program participant is enrolled in the free program by filling out an application, going through a background check, and completing reference checks. Catholic Charities matches people based on their criteria and what is a best fit for them. For more information please visit the House Sharing Website or call 408-325-5134.



Mobile/Internet Resources

If you or someone in your household is low-income and is a citizen/legal permanent resident/has a CA ID, you may be eligible for a free cell phone with unlimited minutes, text and wifi-access.

Community resources for a variety of topics and issues can be found here:

(i.e. Alcohol/Substance Use, Childcare, Dental Care, Homelessness, Sexual Assault, Veterans and more)

Community Resources List