Teachers Aid
School supplies for teachers in low-income schools
Kids need the right tools in order to succeed in school, but many families can’t afford the most basic school supplies, like pencils, crayons and notebooks. Many compassionate teachers pay for school supplies from their own pockets so their students aren’t at a disadvantage.

The Teachers Aid program provides supplies to teachers in schools that meet two criteria: (1) 70% of students are on free or reduced-price lunch; (2) participate in the Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program. School supplies are distributed on posted Saturdays by reservation only (Please see calendar and “How To” below).

Teachers select from donated items based on their grade levels, curriculum needs and current inventory. Teachers can “shop” once every three months by appointment only.

The program is an affiliate of the Kids in Need Foundation’s Kids in Need National Network sponsored by Target.


Genesys Works
Genesys Works is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that enables inner-city high school students to break through barriers and discover through meaningful work experience that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world.

Primarily in the field of Information Technology (IT), Southwest Schools’ students have the opportunity to earn intern or full-time positions in the areas of computer support, network and desktop integration, software development and more.


Houston Food Bank

Back Pack Buddies
Many children who rely on free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year go home to meager or no meals on weekends. The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program works to fill that gap.
On Fridays, at participating schools and other locations, children take home child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin-fortified food

Kids Café
By providing nutritious meals and snacks, Kids Cafe helps start children on the right path for success.