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Free Food & Personal Care

CSM students work hard at school, so it’s important you have the fuel to show up and perform at your best. SparkPoint offers a variety of ways for students to connect with free food to stay nourished and ready to thrive.

Pick up FREE groceries on campus every week! Fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, grains, meat, shelf items, and snacks are available.

Hours: Monday 12 pm - 5 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9 am - 5 pm.

Location: Building 17, Room 154 – temporary parking spots in Lot T.

Tips: Plan for a way to carry your groceries, heat-n-serve meals arrive on Tuesday morning, please plan for a wait at peak times.

Food is provided in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
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.
Need a meal while on campus? In partnership with Samaritan House the SparkPoint Free Grocery provides grab-n-go meals for students. Prepared meals vary each week and students are welcome to pick up every day they are on campus (while supplies last). Grab a prepared meal and don’t forget to stop by SparkPoint’s microwave and condiment station on the way back to class!

Apply for CalFresh, a program that can help you get up to $250 in free grocery money every month! CalFresh benefits are loaded on an EBT card that can be used at grocery stores and other markets. CalFresh is operated by the County, and there are eligibility and documentation requirements.

Want to learn more or need help applying? Book a basic needs appointment with a SparkPoint staff.

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