Hunger Hike — Special Highlights & Surprises


Purdue Boilermaker Spirit at Hunger Hike

In addition to the two Purdue coaches serving as 2021 honorary co-chairs (see below), Hunger Hike will also feature Purdue Pete, the Purdue Cheer team, the Purdue Crew Team, and the Boilermaker Special. The Purdue Cheer team will perform with Purdue Pete. Thanks to Purdue Athletics, Purdue Reamer Club, and Purdue Crew Team for their support.

Join us THIS Sunday to see the Purdue Cheer team, to meet Purdue Pete and check out the Boilermaker Special at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from 1 – 2 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


Purdue Boilermaker Spirit at Hunger Hike

The Hunger Hike 2021 honorary co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Nate Walker (men’s & women’s crew & rowing).

Coaches Versyp & Walker are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both set the bar high for their own work and their teams. They have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. You’ll get to meet them and the student-athletes on their teams as well as see a Purdue Crew team “shell.”

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Coaches Sharon Versyp & Nate Walker at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


Indiana State Rep. Klinker to Sing National Anthem

Sheila Klinker , Indiana State Representative, will kick-off  Hunger Hike with the singing of the US National Anthem with her daughter, Kelly Jacob.

State Representative Sheila Klinker was first elected in 1982 to represent District 27. A proud Boilermaker alumna, Klinker taught for more than 34 years in the Lafayette School Corporation and served as the Outreach Liaison for the Purdue School of Education for 15 years. As a college student, Klinker was named “Miss Purdue” and finished as second runner-up in the “Miss Indiana” contest. Klinker lives in Lafayette with her husband, Victor. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Join us THIS Sunday to hear Sheila Klinker & Kelly Jacobs sing the National Anthem at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN).


Clowns, Princesses, Massages & More

At  Hunger Hike , there will be a bottled water, princessesclownsface paintingballoon animals, and massagesHunger Hike is thankful for the support of our many sponsors — including:

  • Printing – Instant Copy Printing, Lafayette
  • Bottled Water – Aqua Systems, Lafayette
  • Face Painting & Balloon Animals – Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry, Laffy-ette Chapter
  • Enchanted Princesses: Glass Slipper Princess, Apple Princess, and Enchanted Rose Princess – Rosie Manin
  • Chips – Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

Please show your appreciation for our  Hunger Hike event sponsors by supporting and thanking them.


Music from Briton Weise & RatPak’s “DJ Powder”

DJ Powder from  Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at  Hunger Hike. DJ Powder creates a fun, family friendly, festive environment during the kick-off of  Hunger Hike.

Also performing at this year’s Kick Off event is Briton Weise, former LUM staff member.

Join us THIS Sunday to enjoy music by Briton Weise and DJ Powder of Rat Pak at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from Noon to 3:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – If you wish to volunteer with Hunger Hike, click HERE to sign up online. Perfect for groups and individuals.

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