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COVID-19 Updates – Impact on LUM Programs
Hunger Hike 2020
You Still Can Give!

Hunger Hike is one of longest running & well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $2 million to help FIGHT HUNGER. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Hunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

Challenge Week
September 13-20
Challenge Week (NOW to Sunday, September 20) is your opportunity pledge to Walk Far in the Fight Against Hunger.
It’s easy – here’s what you do:
  • DOWNLOAD the STRIDEKICK App – click one: iOs | Android |
  • CREATE a personal challenge for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with up to ten members of your fundraising team to see who can get the most steps
  • WALK three kilometers or walk a marathon
  • SHARE your experience on social media using #HungerHike
Throughout Challenge Week, videos and inspirational messages will be posted to help keep you going.

September 20 | 1 p.m. | Online
The Livestream is the premier event to officially kick-off Hunger Hike 2020 starting online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20.
Enjoy behind the scenes videos from LUM, Food Finders, and St. Tom’s plus great speeches, and entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy, Scott Starkey the Wizard of the Wabash, and Studio b Dance & Fitness.
Everyone who raises at least $50 for Hunger Hike will get a 2020 T-shirt, to wear during Challenge Week.

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Hunger Hike

LUM Emergency Shelter
Operating During a Crisis

Do you remember where you were on the night of Monday, March 23, when “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was ordered for the State of Indiana?

I was home, safe and warm, playing board games with my wife and kids. Logan Smith (not his real name) was lining up in the frigid 37 degree temperatures to get inside the LUM Emergency Shelter. For Logan and many other people in Tippecanoe County who had no place to call home, “Stay Home, Stay Safe” was frighteningly unrealistic.

  • How does one stay home and safe with no place to call home?
  • How does one regularly wash one’s hands without access to a sink?
  • How does one wear a mask when one doesn’t have one? 

LUM was there for Logan on March 23 — and every night since, providing a place to temporarily call home and stay safe. LUM understood that the risk of COVID-19 to the homeless population was not just a health concern for individuals experiencing homelessness themselves but, due to the highly contagious nature of coronavirus, a risk to broader public health as well.

I am grateful that Logan had somewhere to go on March 23 to stay safe from the cold, and stay safe from coronavirus. There are brighter days ahead for Logan and for all of us. We may have several more months of difficulty before we get there. God will give Logan and all of us strength to persevere.

Please, will you make a generous financial gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter, so that we can continue to offer people like Logan a warm, safe and caring place to shelter in these pandemic times?

With appreciation,

Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director

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Emergency Shelter