The mayor’s Back 2 School Fest is going to look a little different this year. What you need to know.

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

“We have reimagined the event as a drive-through distribution,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner during a news conference Monday.

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.

“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.

In addition to distributing masks and backpacks stuffed with school supplies, the Houston Food Bank will also be providing families with necessary food items, Turner said.

Pre-registration is advised. Register here.

Volunteer opportunities

The city is also looking for volunteers for the back-to-school event. Two shifts are available per day.

  • Friday and Saturday, August 7-8
    • Shift 1: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Shift 2: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers must adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Masks and gloves will be provided.

Orientation will take place on August 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via webinar.

Interested volunteers can register here.

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