2021 MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival (Event Recap)

On Saturday, August 14, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center celebrated its annual MLK Back to School Festival with a drive-through event for families and students to get free backpacks, school supplies, and more to prepare for the new school year.

Our volunteers and Community Partners distributed more than 1,200 backpacks with school supplies, bags with nonperishable food items, household cleaning products, hot dogs, soda, snow cones, and more.

Our Community Partners included National Association of Black Accountants, MLK ChildCareGroup, Harambee Steering Committee, Abide Women’s Health Services, The Richards Group, Dallas Museum of Art, Foremost Family Health Center, South Dallas Community Court, City of Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability, City of Dallas Environmental Education & Initiative, Trinity Basin School, Dallas Rape Crisis, MLK Branch Library, Morales Group, KIPP: Texas Public School, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Reliant NRG with Kona Ice, Maximus, and the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

This event was sponsored in part by LIRA Group, Peter & Dena Silberman, and the City of Dallas.

Additional donations and special contributions came from Capital One, APL Logistics, Dallas Mavericks, Carter’s House, Funky Town Fridge, Encore Global, Enterprise Foundation, IKEA, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter, DART, Project Unity, Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas, Brian Eberstein, Miles of Freedom, In the City For Good, and the AT&T NTX Ran Construction Team.

Special thanks to everyone who donated supplies and volunteered their time to ensure we had a successful event!

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Videos provided by Elaine Sacks, MLK Advisory Board (District 1)


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 Festival

The MLK Back to School Festival is a “one-stop-shop” for parents and students preparing for the new school year. On Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can come to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) and receive free school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, shoes, and more. There will also be vendors, a children’s play area, free food, and snow cones.

This event is open to all families with children in grades Pre-K to 12. Parents must provide a photo ID and children must be present to receive supplies. There are no zip code restrictions or income requirements to receive supplies.

When: Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75215. 

Who: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosts this annual event. This year’s sponsors include the City of Dallas, Miles of Freedom, Carter’s House, Capital One, Reliant Energy, Turning Paiges, and Panda Cares. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please call 214-670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school.