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Financial Empowerment & Basic Needs Support  

Do you want to learn more about budgeting and financial wellness? Do you need free groceries or help navigating a housing emergency? SparkPoint helps you secure your financial and basic needs so you can be your best self and thrive in school!

SparkPoint students can set up personalized financial coaching sessions to learn more about budgeting, credit, debt, and creative ways to expand your budget, like grabbing free groceries free groceries on campus and accessing public benefits.

What does SparkPoint offer?

SparkPoint offers free financial coaching to students! Schedule a one-on-one financial coaching appointment with our friendly SparkPoint Coordinator to: 

  • Set financial goals
  • Learn how to build a budget and track your spending
  • Increase your savings
  • Improve your credit
  • Reduce your debt

Students need a healthy variety of food to thrive in school. Students can pick up a box of FREE groceries on campus every week! In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, SparkPoint offers:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Milk, cheese and eggs
  • Grains
  • Meat
  • Shelf items
  • Snacks
Students can pick up a box of FREE groceries on campus at SparkPoint Free Groceries.
Need a meal while on campus? In partnership with Sameritan House the SparkPoint Free Grocery provides free grab-n-go meals for students. Stop by the SparkPoint Free Grocery to pick up a meal!
Grab Second Harvest groceries for your entire household on Fridays between 11 am and 1 pm. Pull into Parking Lot X off CSM Drive. Look for the signs! Open to students, their families, and local community members.

Personal care can be expensive! Pick up essential care products at SparkPoint to maximize your budget.

Kits are available for pick up at the SparkPoint Free Grocery located in Building 17.

  • Personal care products -  Shampoo, conditioner, dental care products, deodorant, etc.
  • House hold essentials - Laundry detergent, toilet paper
In partnership with VITA, SparkPoint offers offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified students. If you need tax prep help schedule a one-on-one tax prep appointment with our friendly SparkPoint Coordinator.

CalFresh provides FREE grocery money to qualified applicants every month. Book a CalFresh appointment to see if you qualify and to start your application!

Do you need help getting health insurance? Book a Covered California appointment to explore Covered California options.
Are you looking for support with housing? SparkPoint can help CSM students explore housing goals, create a housing plan, and access emergency housing resources. If you are experiencing a housing crisis, or need help mapping out a housing plan we encourage you to book a housing needs assessment.


Day Time  
Mon-Thu 9 am - 4 pm In Person
Fri 9 am - 2 pm Virtual