2021 MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival


The MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival is an annual event for students of all ages and their families to provide essential items for the new school year. Our goal this year is to serve 1000 families.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, August 14, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Attendees can drive through the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s parking lot and pick up a free backpack stuffed with school supplies and more, while supplies last. No registration is required.


If you are interested in donating supplies, please deliver them to the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, or on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

We are accepting donations until August 6, 2021.

Suggested Items:


  • Backpacks
  • Notebook paper
  • Binders
  • 2 pocket folders with prongs
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pencils/pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored markers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil bag or box
  • Erasers
  • Glue
  • Kleenex
  • Giveaways with your logo

Community Partners

We have opportunities for community partners to register and participate. Community partners will receive a table and 2 chairs and are encouraged to bring a canopy or tent. Items for distribution must pre-packaged to be placed in trunks as cars drive by. There is no charge to be a Community Partner.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner, contact us at 214-670-8418 or send an email to larhonda.bacon@dallascityhall.com to sign up for a spot.


Volunteer opportunities are available to anyone 16 years and up. We will need help with stuffing backpacks on Saturday, August 7, from 10am to 12pm. We will also need help with setup, breakdown, and traffic flow during the event on Saturday, August 14, from 8am to 12pm. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact us at 214-670-8418 or send an email to natashia.cooper@dallascityhall.com.

Thank You To Our 2021 Community Partners















Peter & Dena Silberman

Photos from the 2020 MLK Back to School Festival

Photos from the 2019 MLK Back to School Festival