Give Assistance

You can help support SJSU Cares by donating food and toiletries, donating money, volunteering your time, or helping spread the word by giving a presentation.


Individual food/toiletry donations can be made at the Spartan Food Pantry during operational hours. See our donation guide for more information. 

Fiscal donations sometimes can help us make a bigger impact by purchasing food/supplies in bulk and providing more flexibility in use depending on the case-by-case student emergency.  If you are able to make a one time or recurring online donation, please give today to one or both of the options below.

Donate Today

Spartan Food Pantry Operating Fund: SJSU Cares fund that helps support general operations such as supplemental food, staffing, and administrative supplies.

Student Crisis Support Fund: SJSU Cares fund that builds upon the funding provided by many units at SJSU and helps provide emergency support for housing, medical, and other needs.

Case Management and SJSU Cares Programs and Services Fund: Case Management/SJSU Cares fund that helps assist with broader operational needs, provides more flexibility in ways to assist our students.



Help us help Spartans! SJSU Cares depends on the many volunteers from campus and the community to help provide support to SJSU's students in need. 

Volunteer positions help keep our Spartan Food Pantry running by assisting with tasks such as stocking/inventory management, student check-in/out, compost trips, etc. 

1) View Opportunities & Sign Up is easy using a Google/gmail account. Use the Volunteer Selection link to find a volunteer spot that you can fulfill. Clicking SAVE will reserve your spot & place it on your Google calendar automatically. That is your confirmation; we do not send additional confirmations or reminders. We anticipate seeing you at the time/date you select.

2) Complete our volunteer waiver agreement online as soon as you sign up.

General questions can be sent to

Help Spread the Word

To ensure accuracy of information we ask that organizations do not create materials to represent our programs, please use the provided, or reach out for co-branded/collaborations.

Presentation Requests

To request a presentation about SJSU Cares programs, resources and services for your class, department, club or organization, complete our Presentation Request Form. Please submit your request as far in advance as possible and allow 4-5 business days for a response. Thank you!

Follow on Social

We are @SJSUCaresBasicNeeds on Facebook and Instagram; @SJSUCares on Twitter. Following us can help boost the signal of our resources and reduce stigma in reaching out for support.

Repost & retweet (with credit) our posts. 

Post/Share a Flyer

Offices & Orgs may desire to post a flyer in your space. SJSU Cares, Spartan Food Pantry, Rapid Rehousing, iGrad, and CalFresh Assistance flyers are available in this shard folder. Printed versions of these are available via request.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Be sure to follow along with our newsletter content. Subscribe here. Note that current Spartan Food Pantry participants are automatically entered into this as a means to get updates on the pantry; if you currently use the pantry you do not need to separately request to join.

Donate Clothing to our Partner Offices

Our campus has two main options for clothing asssitance. One for everyday wear & for career focused clothing.

The Clothes Closet, operated by the Office of Sustainablity, is designed to help alleviate two major issues: massive waste generated annually by discarded clothing, and students, faculty and staff who are unable to meet their basic needs. Visit thier website for information on donations.

The Career Closet, operated by the Career Center, has a focus on providing students with free professional clothing and up to one full professional outfit per academic year.  This can assist with interviews, job fairs, etc. Visit thier website for information on donations.