Spartan Food Pantry

The Spartan Food Pantry is the first full-service, staffed, walk-in pantry at SJSU to offer non-perishable goods, fresh produce, and refrigerated goods.

No student should have to face food insecurity. We define those in need as students who have limited or uncertain access to nutritious and safe foods because of a lack of money and other resources.

Most food provided is donated in partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Individual donations are accepted during operational hours.

Fall 2019 Hours:

  • Monday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (note recent time change)
  • Wednesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Diaz Compean Student Union (exterior entrance across from Engineering Rotunda)

Eligibility:

  • Must be currently enrolled or future enrolled SJSU student who has had prior enrollment
  • Must bring Tower ID Card and reusable grocery bags
  • Must earn a gross annual income of $33,348* or less (no documentation required) 

How Spartan Food Pantry Works 

Step 1: Check In

  • Check in (staff swipe your SJSU Tower ID card verifying you are currently enrolled)
  • Complete the Spartan Food Pantry Intake & Agreement Form at one of our computer stations. This is completed on the first visit of each academic semester.

Step 2: Shop

  • Shop for items within the six zones. Availability of stock in each zone may vary. Staff will let you know if there are any limits per zone on that day.
    • Zone 1 (Produce)
    • Zone 2 (Multiple Use)
    • Zone 3 (Cool Zone)
    • Zone 4 (Single Use)
    • Zone 5 (Toiletries)
    • Zone 6 (Grab-N-Go)

Step 3: Check Out

  • Check out (staff will review items and re-swipe your Tower ID)
  • Bag items (in re-usable bag you've brought)

We highly encourage students to ask questions if they don't know how to prepare a food. SJSU Wellness & Health Promotion has an excellent website about Eating Well on a Budget that helps provide cooking tips, videos, and recipes. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

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*Income limits are set by US Government at 275% of the Federal Poverty Line. $2,862 monthly for individuals of a household of 1; add $1,013 per additional household member. Please ask if you have questions.