Off-Campus Resources

CalFresh/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

(formerly known as food stamps)

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Click here to learn about the rules for Calfresh for College Students in Santa Clara County.


This program provides cash assistance for purchasing food to people who meet the income and legal status requirements.

To see if you are eligible, go to and click “Am I eligible?”

Financial aid is not counted as income. You will need to submit this form with your application if you receive financial aid. 

In order to complete the application in-person, visit one of the Social Services Offices or partner agencies. For a complete list of locations, click here.

You may also begin the application process online at
or visit Calfresh application locations.

For a list of farmers' markets that accept CalFresh, click here. Many farmers markets will double your money if you use Calfresh to purchase your fruits and vegetables! More resources can be found here.

For information regarding Calfresh drug-felony policy change, click here.

To learn more about myths and facts about Calfresh, click here

Did you know that Santa Clara County allows college attendance to count for the 20-hour work requirement in order to be eligible for Calfresh (also known as Food Stamps)?

It's important to know that many forms of financial aid are not counted as part of your income when applying for Calfresh


Food Connection Hotline:

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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

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Salvation Army

405 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

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen Logo

Loaves 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.


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

Click here  for a longer list of food resources in the South Bay

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. Click here for more information.

Reduced cost internet program for qualifying families:

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)