The CASA Cupboard is a satellite location of Blaster’s Basket, the on-campus food pantry at the Colorado School of Mines. It is here to support all students who are experiencing food insecurity as well as nourishment for students who are receiving academic support in CASA.  

The CASA Cupboard provides shelf-stable, microwaveable food products and personal care items at no cost to students. Students have access to a microwave and hot water to prepare food items without having to leave our building.  We also have food items that students can take with them to prepare at home. Food and personal care item selection will vary based on availability, donations and time of year.

 

Aspen Hall

Location

The CASA Cupboard is located in the Center for Academic Services and Advising, on the lower level of Aspen Hall (1869 W. Campus Rd.).

Fall 2022 Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8 AM-9 PM

Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM

Saturday- Sunday: See other locations

Contact

Email casa@mines.edu

Call 303-384-2600

Additional Locations Of Blaster’s Basket

Main Location – Student Center/Student Lounge

Fall Hours:  Monday – Friday 7:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 10:30pm

Mines Park – Community Center Kitchens

Fall Hours: 24/7 for Mines Park Residents

Support BLaster’s Basket

MOST NEEDED ITEMS

– Protein items (canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter)
– Dry goods (pastas, cereal, grains, rice)
– Sauces (spaghetti sauce, condiments)
– Soups (canned soup, boxed soup, cup of noodles)
– Snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers)
– Canned vegetables and beans
– Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo)
– Special dietary items (gluten free, dairy free)

The CASA Cupboard is focused on providing quick, ready to eat meals such as easy-mac, cup of noodles, tuna packets, soups etc. There are additional items such as pasta and pasta sauce that students can take home to prepare.  Blaster’s Basket which is located in the student center will have an assortment of fresh produce.  We will gladly accept any donations that you provide. Please drop-off all donations for the CASA Cupboard to the front desk of CASA located in Aspen Hall.

For more information about Faculty & Staff Giving, please visit the link below or contact the Mines Foundation csmfoundation@mines.edu. 

UPCOMING BLASTER’S BASKET DRIVES

– November 15 – Celebrate National Philanthropy Day by bringing 3+ items to Autumn Harvest Market/Castle of Cans for a chance to win OreGiver swag.
– March 15- Drive-by items before Spring Break
– Anytime – Deliver directly to the Student Center

Additional Resources

STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND
To help students who are facing unprecedented circumstances, Mines created the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) in 2017. The SEF is fund set aside to provide financial resources to Orediggers facing difficult circumstances like the loss of a family member, natural disasters, unhealthy living situations, food insecurity, or other emergency situations.
City of Golden-Food and Housing Assistance
If you are currently experiencing homelessness, please visit the City of Golden’s website regarding food and housing assistance for additional information and resources.
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
Paying for college can be a major obstacle for many students. Check out this website from the Financial Aid Office with scholarship information: Scholarship Information 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income households in Colorado purchase food. It provides a monthly benefit that helps families and individuals buy the food they need for good health. For more information please visit this website: SNAP Benefits Colorado 
Fighting Hunger at Mines
Through cooperation with community organizations, Fighting Hunger at Mines sources food and provides opportunities for those in need. Students that are involved will help rescue food from local grocery stores, food co-ops, and local restaurants. We work to educate on environmentally and health-conscious diets, how to prepare meals, and how to escape the cycle of a flawed food system. All are welcome! To join this organization, please visit this website: Fighting Hunger at Mines
Mental Health Resources- Counseling Center

The Counseling Center on campus has gathered a lot of resources to provide students with many options for mental health services. For more information please visit this website: Counseling Center

Community Table

Community Table is a Colorado nonprofit 501 c (3) corporation formed in 1982 by five church congregations to serve the needy and vulnerable in our community. From the beginning Community Table has worked with city government, churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses and private citizens to ensure that the residents of Arvada and neighboring communities in Northern Jefferson County would have a place to go for emergency food.

ADA Accessibility: CASA’s new location in Aspen Hall, 1869 W. Campus Rd., is not ADA accessible. If you require ADA accessibility, we are happy to work with you! Please consider scheduling an online appointment or e-mailing casa@mines.edu 48 hours in advance to set up an appointment in a common ADA accessible area on campus.