2020 MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival (Recap & Photos)

The MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival was a free event for students of all ages and their families to assist with getting essential items for the upcoming school year.

On Friday, August 14, attendees drove through the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s parking lot to pick up free backpacks, school supplies, t-shirts, underwear, socks, and more to prepare for the new school year. 

This year’s sponsors and partners included In the City for Good, LIRA, Reliant Energy, Carter’s House, North Texas Food Bank, State Fair of Texas, Peter and Dena Silberman, Terris Perkins, Jr., and the Gold Experience.

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MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival

The MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival is a free event for students of all ages and their families to assist with getting essential items for the upcoming school year.

Registered attendees can drive through the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s parking lot and pick up a free backpack stuffed with school supplies and more.

Get school essentials:

  • Backpacks
  • School Supplies
  • School Uniforms
  • Socks & Underwear
  • And more- while supplies last!


Registration is required to attend. You can register via Eventbrite from July 6-July 30, 2020. You must be able to provide the student’s name, age, gender, school name, grade, and sizes.

Register via Eventbrite


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.

Donations needed:

  • Socks
  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Uniform Shirts (White shirts only)

Sizes (Boys and Girls): XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Sizes (Men and Women): S, M, L, XL, XXL


We have 10 spots for community partners to register and participate. You must pre-package your items to be placed in the trunk as cars drive by. Contact us at 214-670-8418 to sign up for a spot.


If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact us at 214-670-8418.

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school

2020 MLK Juneteenth Drive-Thru Celebration

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host a Drive-Thru Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attendees can drive through the MLK parking lot and receive free non-perishable food items, hygiene kits, and household products.

City of Dallas COVID-19 Relief Programs

Rental and Mortgage Assistance

For the Rental or Mortgage Assistance program, the pre-screening process will begin on May 4, 2020. City of Dallas residents are invited to participate online at www.dallascityhall.com. The application is available on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.

For those residents without access to the internet, call center agents are available at 469-749-6500 from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Due to expected higher than average call volume, residents may experience higher than average call times or a busy signal. Eligible applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Small Business Continuity Fund

Has your small business in the City of Dallas seen a loss or decline of at least 25% revenue due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Small Business Continuity Fund.

SBCF Frequently Asked Questions (Download)
SBCF Overview (Download)

Visit: https://www.dallasecodev.org/

City debuts COVID-19 resource and information hotline

The City of Dallas launched a COVID-19 resource and information hotline. The automated hotline offers information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number is 214-670-INFO (4636) and compiles City, County, State and Federal information in English and Spanish about the following:
  • Current COVID-19 Regulations & Testing Locations
  • Employment Assistance
  • Federal Relief Payment Information
  • Volunteer/Assistance Opportunities
  • Rental/Mortgage, and Eviction Assistance
  • Small Business Assistance
  • Social Services (food pantry, childcare assistance, senior assistance, unsheltered resident assistance and mental health resources)
  • Utility Payment Assistance

Residents may also visit dallascityhall.com/corona-virus for a comprehensive list of resources and up to date information about COVID-19.