Spartan Food Pantry

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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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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Summer 2024 (Begins on June 3, 2024)
Operational hours: Monday-Wednesday 10:00am - 3:00pm



Diaz Compean Student Union (exterior entrance across from Engineering Rotunda). 

Spring 2024 Eligibility:

  • Student must complete intake form and be approved to use. 
  • Currently enrolled in Spring 2024 courses.
  • Currently experiencing hunger/food insecurity.
  • Must have an annual income of $34,263* or less (no documentation required)
  • Must bring your Tower ID & reusable bag(s) every time you visit the pantry. If you do not have your Tower ID you should inform the Bursar's Office you need it to access the pantry.

How Spartan Food Pantry Works 

Step 1: Check In

  • Complete the Spartan Food Pantry Intake & Agreement Form. This must be completed before the first visit of each academic year.  
  • 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).

Step 2: Shop

  • Grab a basket and shop for items within our zones. All items are based on availability. We'll let you know if there are any limits per zone on that day.
    • Fresh Produce Zone
    • Dry Goods Zone
    • Cool Zone
    • Toiletries & More Zone
  • For health reasons, only touch what you will take.
  • Some high-demand items have quantity limits so we can ensure all students get an opportunity to select. Some grant-purchased items are limited to the eligible student (not family use). Always ask if you need more of any item, remembering you can return each calendar week.

Step 3: Check Out

  • Bring basket back to counter to check out with staff
  • Bag items (in re-usable bag you've brought).

We highly encourage students to ask a staff member or look online if they don't know how to prepare a food. 

Frequently Asked Questions 


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*Income limits are set by US Government at 235% of the Federal Poverty Line. $2,855.25 monthly for individuals of a household of 1; add $1,006.59 each per additional household member. Please ask if you have questions.