• Basic Needs Resources

    If you have any questions any of these programs or have other needs, please reach out to BMSA's School Counselor, Emma Shuck (shuck.emma@westada.org)  208.855.4432.


    Meridian Food Bank Weekend Backpack Program

    If you'd like to sign up for the weekend food backpack program through the Meridian Food Bank, complete the form below and return to Counselor Emma.

    Meridian Food Bank Weekend Backpack Program Parent Permission Slip

    Spanish Meridian Food Bank Weekend Backpack Program Parent Permission Slip


    Food Assistance

    For food assistance please visit the Idaho Food Bank’s Food Assistance Locator https://idahofoodbank.org/getfood/ or page 16 of the Self-Rescue Manual.

    Free breakfast & lunch is provided for students are available every weekday this school year.  If you have Middle or High School students, you can pick up a breakfast & lunch combo meal on their remote-learning days.  Find out more here:  https://www.westada.org/FreeMeals


    Housing Assistance

    For housing assistance please call 211 and ask for Navigation or call Our Path Home at 208-495-4240.


    Mental Health Crisis Resources

    If you are experiencing an emergency and you feel you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911 or go to nearest emergency room. If you are in a mental health crisis, but not in immediate danger please call one of the supports below:

    ·    Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital: 208-906-3209

    ·    Intermountain Hospital: 208-906-3209 

    ·    Women’s & Children’s Alliance- Rape Crisis Hotline 208.345.7273

    ·    Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-208-398-4357

    ·    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255

    ·    Idaho Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

    ·    Mobile Crisis: (208) 334-0808


    Mental Health Services

    The Idaho Office of Emergency Management lists mental health resources including counseling on this page: https://ioem.idaho.gov/covidhelpnow/mental-and-emotional-health/ 

    Many community counseling agencies including The Meridian Schools Clinic are offering telehealth counseling services and take insurance, Medicaid, and sliding-scale fees.  Contact Counselor Emma for referrals specific to your needs. 

    BMSA's School Counselor is available by request to connect with students directly--not for therapy, but for solution-focused, encouraging talks and check-ins. Email her at shuck.emma@westada.org

    Community Resources

    For immediate assistance on available community resources please dial 211 from an Idaho phone or visit https://211.idaho.gov/.  You can also find available community resources by downloading the self-rescue manual at https://selfrescuemanual.com/.


    Clothing/Coats/Shoes: Operation School Bell (Runs each Fall*)

    Families interested in receiving new clothing including shoes and jackets for their school-aged children, complete the forms below and return to Counselor Emma.

    Operation School Bell Parent Release/Request Form

    Spanish Operation School Bell Form

    *If you need assisatance with clothing for your children in Januray-June, contact our School Counselor.


    Thanksgiving Food Box (Requests begin in September)

    St. Vincent de Paul works with our district to offer food boxes to families in need.  To apply, contact a counselor for the form or download and print it here: 

    Thanksgiving Food box application form

    Spanish Thanksgiving Food Box Application


    BMSA Giving Tree (Requests may be submitted in September & October)

    BMSA Families take care of each other!  If you are in need of assistance with providing your children a clothing item and a toy during the month of December, please fill out an application.  You can contact the School Counselor to send an application home or you may download and print the form here:

    BMSA Giving Tree Application

    Spanish Giving Tree application