With the coronavirus pandemic raging on, the Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest is going to look a little different this year.

The event, which is being presented by Shell and is in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, is designed to help economically disadvantaged elementary school students and their families prepare for the school year. In a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the event would be conducted as a drive-thru.

“While there is much uncertainty during this time, a critical need for assistance with basic school supplies, food, and personal protection equipment for students still remains,” according to the website.

This year, the fest will take place on August 7 and 8 at the NRG Yellow Parking Lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days, or until supplies last.

Houstonians can register for the event and students will receive food, masks, backpacks and school supplies for free.

Event Details
Friday and Saturday, August 7-8, 2020
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., both days or while supplies last
Location: NRG, Yellow Parking Lot (8797 S. Main Street)


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Friday and Saturday, August 7-8 (2 shifts per day)
    • Shift 1: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Shift 2: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Please register here: https://www.houstontx.gov/btsf/volunteersneeded.html
  • Volunteers must adhere to CDC guidelines. Masks and gloves will be provided.
  • Volunteer Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 5, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. via webinar.