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

6740 E. Hampden Avenue, Suite 106 I  Denver  I  CO  I  80224  I  303.296.2969  I  303.592.1596 fax  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. 1,503 backpacks were donated and filled with the necessary supplies that students need for school. Not only that, thousands and thousands of pounds of school supplies were donated this year. 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

Amy Metzler

Anadarko Petroleum

Briana Barkes

Calahan Construction Services


Christine & Justin Brown

Corey Merrill Neighborhood

CRS, Inc.

DaVita World Headquarters

Denver Drug Court – Sarah Paliwoda, Probation Officer

Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools – Mike O’Keefe

Eidos Architects

eScience Labs

Goodbee & Associates, Inc.

Happy Lady Bug

Health One Physician Care

Hill Middle School/Dream Big Camp

Hispanic Contractors of Colorado

Holland Partner Group

HomeAdvisor, Inc. – Charlene Turner

Inode Ink Corporation – Jessica Hagood


Iron Horse Architects

Jonathan Sierk, DDS

Kathy Stricklands

KDG Engineering, LLC

Kumar & Associates

Lalit Mehra – Quality Linings & Painting, Inc.


Maria Dutmer

Marie O’Neill

Martin Marietta

Maxey Media Productions – Lee Gash-Maxey

Metro Maintenance Specialists

Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

Premier Specialty Contractors - Christine A. Schultheis

Renee Adams

Renewable Energy Systems

RNM Enterprises, LLC

Rocky Mountain Blueprint

Ronald Valiga

S.A. Miro, Inc.

SJR Environmental

Society for Marketing Professional Services

SOMOS – Connie Gutierrez

Studio Completiva

Swinerton Builders


The Denver Post

The Vertex Companies, Inc.

Timber Trail Elementary School

United Launch Alliance – Caroline Jones

United Launch Alliance – Jill Bow

United Launch Alliance - Marcia McCandless 

United Launch Alliance – Women In Launch


Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Western Gas Resources, Inc.

 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 303-296-2969 and we will be happy to pick them up. 

                 MEED                                                 Denver Public Schools    
      Sara Fuentes                                     Christine James     
    6740 E. Hampden Ave., Ste. 106      1617 S. Acoma      
    Denver CO 80224                              Denver, CO 80223

The Backpack drive begins now and runs through the summer. Deadline for donations, August 7, 2017. We hope you will
find it in your heart to help these wonderful children.

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

for 2016-2017 school year
If you work for a company that matches gifts to higher education, you can double or triple the value of your contribution by following your employer’s matching gift procedures. Many companies match the gifts of spouses, retirees, and surviving spouses of retirees in addition to gifts from current employees. Please contact your personnel or human resources office for eligibility information and to obtain a matching gift form.
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