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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 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

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
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 basic needs 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 basic needs appointment.


June 10 - August 2, 2024
Day Time  
Mon 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm In Person
Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm In Person
Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm In Person
Thu 1:1 online appts only. Food Pantry closed. Virtual

SparkPoint 2022-2023 Impact Report
SparkPoint 2022-2023 Impact Report