There are over 91,995 students attend Denver Public School.  Nearly 62,638 students take advantage of the free/reduced cost lunches, and 3,175 are completely homeless. Denver Public Schools arranges for buses to pick up the homeless children at various stops in Denver. Right now, they carry all their belongings in grocery sacks. These children are in need of basic necessities such as backpacks, pencils and notebooks. 
Backpack Drive

Designated Colorado 501(c)3 organization

P. O. Box 740715 I  Arvada  I  CO  I  80006 I  303-523-5754  I
"Impacting Disadvantaged Students & Minority Businesses for Success"
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Thank you for your help; it is always appreciated!

We thank all our 
Backpack Donors


   MEED would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful people that donated this year to our Stuff the Bus Backpack & School Supply Collection Program. 929 backpacks were donated and filled with the thousands of pounds of the necessary supplies donated, that students need for school. All of these items have given our homeless youth a good start on the school year. 
We could not do the program without all of our generous donors. Whether you were a returning donor, a new donor or were an anonymous donor, we so appreciate your assistance in helping our kids who are our future.


Allstate Insurance

AMI Mechanical Services

Anadarko Petroleum

Bill & Marian Messner

Burkett, EUA

Century Link (SOMOS)

Cushman Wakefield


Dale Coski

Daughters of the American Revolution

Denver Post Community

Eidos Architects

Emily Graboski

Environmental Technical Solutions

Janet Fecht, Westridge Elementary

Fentress Architects 

Gordon & Rees, LLP

Happy Ladybug Early Learning Center


Institute for Health Reasearch, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Iron Horse Architects

J.F. Sato and Associates

Johns Manville | A Berkshire Hathaway Company

Josh Padley

KDG Engineering

Kumar & Associates

LaChelle Coffey, LLC

Leslie Padgett

Lorraine Kelley

Louise Todd

Machol & Johannes, LLC 


Marcia McCandless

Matt Findley

Merck & Co., Inc.

Missy Hanna

My Thirty-One

National Jewish Division of Environmental & Occupational Health

O’Keeffe Family

Office for Outreach and Engagement

Pase Contracting

Quality Linings & Painting, Inc.

Resource Extraction – State of Ccolorado

Ryk McDorman

Smalley & Company

Spencer Fane LLP

Starr Painting & Drywall


The Vertex Companies, Inc.

Tina Suneja Nagamani


United Reprographic Supply

University of Colorado Boulder

US Public Health Service

Versus Global

Virginia Newton

Wagner Rentals

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Whitney Whitaker

 Minority Enterprise & Educational Development, Inc., (MEED), collects new and gently used backpacks, and school supplies to distribute to these homeless students, in the fall. We need your assistance in our effort to help these children. Monetary contributions are always welcomed, as well, so that we can purchase the needed supplies.  

If you would like to help, please bring backpacks and/or school supplies to one of these drop sites. Or call us at 303-523-5754 and we will be happy to pick them up. 

                 MEED                                                 Denver Public Schools    
      Sara Fuentes                                     Christine James     
    P.O. Box 740715                                1617 S. Acoma      
   Arvada CO 80006                              Denver, CO 80223

                MEED is in its 15th year of running this worthwhile project.   
3,503 Collected Backpack in 2011
 Backpack Collection Count 

for 2017-2018 school year
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