Carolyn Lanier Youth Farm

The 5.5 acre Carolyn Lanier Youth Farm was established in 1988 to provide locally grown produce to people receiving food assistance through the Food Bank. During the first year only two acres were cultivated, while the remainder of the land was cleared of brush and weeds. By 1992 a sprinkler system was installed. The vegetable poundage grown on the farm grew from 40,000 pounds in 1989 to 100,000 pounds currently produced annually.

Farm Facts:

  • Acreage is 5.5, but only 3.5 acres is actively being farmed. Classroom, office, and storage buildings, as well as cooler space for storing produce take up most of the other two acres.
  • SPFB farm is a sustainable farming operation. We strive to make the most efficient use of our nonrenewable resources through soil, water, pest and disease management.
  • The Food Bank farm has two high tunnels, totaling 5,376 sq. ft. of growing space, extending the growing time for high value crops 8 to 10 weeks. High tunnels are metal structures with durable plastic covers similar to greenhouses but without the heating/cooling units. The tunnels were secured through a grant partnership with Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Service.
  • The farm staff works with Texas AgriLife on research projects to improve the understanding of growing vegetable crops in West Texas.
  • Texas AgriLife vegetable specialist, Russ Wallace, Ph.D., coordinates with the Food Bank to grow crops and donates much of the harvest to the GRUB Program and the South Plains Food Bank.
  • The farm grows over 50 types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
  • The farm grows loofah gourds used by youth in the GRUB Program to make a value-added soap product called GRUB Scrub.

To find out more information about the farm, call Jenifer Smith at: 325-213-3161.


Funded in 1994 by Rotary District 5730 and under the guidance of noted pomologist, Dr. George Elle, the 15-acre orchard contains over 2,500 dwarf trees with 8 varieties. The first apples were harvested in 1997, with about 25,000 pounds being distributed fresh to the needy. The Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club built a barn at the orchard in 1999. A cooler was installed in 2000. Annually, the orchard produces a substantial crop of fresh apples to be distributed to clients of the Food Bank and through other Food Banks in the West Texas region. We rely on help from the community to sustain our orchard. You can support by purchasing a rememberance or honor tree to be displayed at our orchard.

The orchard is located off the corner of 56th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

For more information about the Apple Orchard and to order a tree, please call Jenifer Smith at: 325-213-3161.

GRUB - Growing Recruits for Urban Business

The GRUB (Growing Recruits for Urban Business) Program at the South Plains Food Bank is designed to teach young adults, ages 14 to 21, life and job skills using our farm and community gardens as a backdrop to this education.

The Food Bank’s 5-acre Carolyn Lanier Youth Farm, located at 76th Street and Avenue B in Lubbock, is the primary work site for the GRUB program. Work includes garden planning, soil preparation, maintaining the irrigation system, planting seeds and young plants, nurturing, harvesting, and marketing the produce. As GRUB develops, the youth will produce and market a value-added product, giving them experience in marketing and small business operations. The program also provides classes on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

The GRUB Program also offers employment to youth who have proved to be hard workers and are interested in a deeper connection to our program.

GRUB aims to develop the whole person with an educational component that includes topics such as horticulture, nutrition, money management and other life and job skills issues. The GRUB staff is committed to nurturing and educating the youth involved in our program. We welcome referrals of “at-risk” teens. A large portion of the labor involved in the GRUB Program comes from volunteers. Youth from schools, churches, civic groups, and clubs are encouraged to volunteer with us.

For more information about the GRUB program call Sandy Garcia at: 806-368-1333.


Mobile Pantry

Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally lower than urban households, but slightly higher than the national average. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers. According to Feeding America, 52% of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas. Rural areas also account for 59% of counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity.

To combat this in our area, the South Plains Food Bank has a Mobile Pantry program. Our Mobile Pantry partners with agencies in 19 of the 20 counties we serve and deliver our food boxes to our most rural locations. Our partnership allows the Food Bank to address the areas of need and is making an impact in the lives of the food-insecure in these communities. To find out the impact we have made in just one life through our rural pantry, simply click here.

To find out more about our Mobile Pantry program, please contact our Director of Agency Services, Trine Solis-Jackson at: 806-763-3003 ext. 13

Children's Feeding Programs

Kids Cafe is an after-school feeding program designed to combat childhood hunger. The South Plains Food Bank Kids Cafe’s provide children with nutritious evening meals in a safe after-school environment. Our goal is to feed children at risk of hunger so they have the energy to learn and grow. Interested in helping the Kids Cafe? To find out more about volunteer opportunities with the Kids Cafe, please visit our Kids Cafe site list and contact them directly.
Summer Feeding: During the summer months, when school is out of session and school lunches are no longer available, the South Plains Food Bank steps in with programming to fill the summer meal gap that children face. With the help of partner organizations such as churches, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and community centers hot meals are prepared at the South Plains Food Bank's Kitchen of Hope and delivered all across West Texas. 
Here are a few ways you can assist us:


Our Children's Feeding Programs depend heavily on the kindness and talents of volunteers. Ways you can volunteer include: tutoring children, helping with food preparation and service, playing games and sports with the kids, teaching arts and crafts, helping students learn more about computers, and being a smiling face at the end of a long school day. 

Financial Support

Our Children's Feeding Programs are funded through grants and private donations. Financial support from organizations and individuals is essential to continuing to alleviate childhood hunger and giving hope to children across the South Plains.

For more information about our Children's Feeding Programs call Roxanne Ancira at: 806-763-3032 ext. 1