SparkPoint at College of San Mateo - Overview


Please note: Due to the shelter-in-place order announced for San Mateo county on 3/16/2020, our physical location on the College of San Mateo campus will be closed until further notice.

We are still available to serve you remotely with financial coaching and public benefits assistance (i.e. Calfresh, Unemployment Claims, etc). Please call our temporary number (650) 762-9249, email us at, or connect with us on Instagram @csmsparkpoint and we will respond as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience.

If you need immediate assistance with finding your closest resource that provides emergency food services and housing support, please contact the closest Core Agency in your area:

Bay Area Core Agency Graphic

For more information, please visit the Emergency Safety Net Assistance webpage.

SparkPoint serves students and other San Mateo County residents with individualized financial coaching, public benefits enrollment, and access to the on-campus food pantry. Services are available on a drop-in basis and by appointment.

Take charge of your money today and schedule your free financial coaching appointment by calling (650) 378-7275!

We welcome walk in visits to our food pantry. See hours at right.

Why Meet with a Financial Coach?

Benefits Enrollment

Free Groceries

Budget Planning

Credit Score Education

Banking Relationship Support

Free Tax Preparation
Eligibility screening for public benefits including General Assistance,
Cash Assistance,
CalFresh and Medi-Cal.

Referrals and program information for emergency housing, child care, transportation, and other support programs.
Free groceries for students and families in need!

Shop for milk, eggs, and various proteins, dry and canned foods.

Referrals to other food programs.
United Way Bay Area College of San MateoSecond Harvest Food Bank

Cal Fresh

Cal Fresh is a nutrition assistance program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can help students buy the food they need to thrive and live healthy lives. SMCCD campuses have Sparkpoint staff who can help students to complete the application process and determine if they qualify to receive this benefit.

Student Eligibility
Students can only qualify for CalFresh if they meet specific criteria. For example, students who work least 20 hours a week, or are approved for federal work-study, or are parent, may qualify.

Please contact your Sparkpoint office to help with your application.

Contact Sparkpoint
CSM Sparkpoint
Nicole Salviejo

Cal Fresh