NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The annual NOLA Back 2 School Fest presented by Shell will provide students in grades K-6 with free backpacks filled with essential school supplies that provide the basic tools students need to start the school year with confidence.

To ensure the health and safety of students, parents/caregivers, and volunteers, this year NOLA Back 2 Fest will distribute backpacks with a drive-thru event.

The drive-thru distribution will be held on Stroelitz Street alongside the Xavier University Convocation Center (7910 Stroelitz St.). Registrants may also pick up backpack(s) at the Convocation Center Annex building, 3775 Fern St. at the corner of Stroelitz Street. Volunteers will distribute the free backpacks to each vehicle for any student who is pre-registered.

Students must be registered in advance at to receive the free backpack and school supplies. Registration is required as supplies are limited.

To register and to learn more, visit or email