Spartan Food Pantry

COVID-19 Business Operations Update: All SJSU Cares, Case Management, and Spartan Food Pantry operations are still available. Updates will be posted on our social media @SJSUFoodPantry on IG, FB, & Twitter.


The Spartan Food Pantry is a walk-in, full-service, staffed, food assistance program offering non-perishable goods, fresh produce, and refrigerated items to eligible students.
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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.

Much of our food provided is donated in partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. View our donation guidelines for ways to support us.


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Fall Hours:

  • Monday 11AM-4PM
  • Tuesday 11AM-3PM
  • Wednesday (in September) 11AM-3PM. 


Location: Diaz Compean Student Union (exterior entrance across from Engineering Rotunda). We are hosting outdoor food distribution so please maintain social distancing from others in line as well as staff/volunteers.



  • Experiencing Hunger/Food Insecurity
  • Registered for Fall 2020
  • Must bring Tower ID Card 
  • Must earn a gross annual income of $29,986* or less (no documentation required) 

Food Distribution Steps 

Step 1: Check In

  • Maintain social distancing when in line. Only come if you are healthy.
  • Check in (staff scan your SJSU Tower ID card verifying you are currently enrolled). Staff will ask and record your name, address, family size, first per month, and if it's a repeat visit. (Some questions are for USDA reporting purposes).
  • Complete the Spartan Food Pantry Intake & Agreement Form (this can be done in advance or via scanning a QR code on your personal phone on site). This is completed on the first visit of each academic semester.  We are now in the fall 2020 semester.

Step 2: Receive Items

  • Inform staff member if you have allergies or do not eat meat.
  • Students will receive a pre-packed allotment of food. Food varies, but will typically include items such as grains, pasta, beans, sauce, oil, milk, eggs, bag of produce, and frozen meat.
  • All items are based on availability. For health reasons no swapping items; only touch what you will take.
  • If you are in need of toiletries please let a staff member know.


We highly encourage students to look online 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 235% of the Federal Poverty Line. $2,499 monthly for individuals of a household of 1; add $877 per additional household member. Please ask if you have questions.