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: @SJSUFreeFood 

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! Please visit the A.S. Community Garden or their Instagram feed for updates and current hours of operations.

CalFresh Sign-Ups

For students who need help applying to CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), there are drop-in hours on Wednesdays from noon - 3 p.m. in the Spartan Food Pantry.

CHEW (Cooking Healthy, Eating Well)

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

Counseling and Psychological Services

For individual and group counseling sessions, contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 408-924-5910 or CAPS offices are located in the Student Wellness Center, Room 300B. 

Legal Assistance - Lawyers in the Library

Free legal assistance to members of the public (including students) in the MLK Library. Appointments are required. Note that this program is not operated by SJSU.

For more information, go to the San Jose Public Library Lawyers in the Library page

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 Street Parking Garage and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Quick Recipes 

We've put together short demonstration videos on creating meals using many of the items commonly found at the Spartan Food Pantry.

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, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   

Off-Campus Resources

Food Connection Hotline - Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Call 1-800-984-3663 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 are no income or legal status requirements for these programs. Calls answered Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hot Meals Close to Campus

Salvation Army

405 N. 4th St. at Julian St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Serving lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday. 
Lunch: 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

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)

Serving FREE weekly hot meals every Wednesday, Noon - 1 p.m. 

Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen

Goodwill Silicon Valley
1080 N. 7th St. San Jose, CA 95112

Serving dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
All are welcome to bring containers and take extra food to go.

Additional South Bay Resources

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

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 the 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.

More Community Resources

The Community Resources List produced by Counseling & Psychological Services includes organizations that can assist with issues related to Alcohol/Substance Use, Childcare, Dental Care, Homelessness, Sexual Assault, Veterans and more.