Thanksgiving – A Time to Be Grateful & Serve


November – Three Ways to Get Engaged

Thanksgiving is an iconic holiday known for turkey dinner, football, eating too much and being grateful for our blessings. To LUM, Thanksgiving is about showing love to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time. This year LUM is hosting the 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast, opening the LUM Protein Food Pantry, and sponsoring the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Learn how you can participate, donate and volunteer at these meaningful Thanksgiving events and programs.


Community Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving Day (November 25), start a new family tradition by participating in the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast, where more than 800 free meals will be served at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette. Sign up to bake and cook — or volunteer at the event on Thanksgiving. Dozens of volunteers are needed to work in the kitchen, serve food, assist our guests and, of course, set up, breakdown and clean up.

You may also make a monetary donation or donate other food items and supplies. For more information about getting engaged and investing in this event, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

Turkey Trot 5K Run

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Runners, walkers, families, dogs, strollers, costumes & turkey hats are welcome.

  • Date: Thursday, November 25
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area
  • Volunteer: to sign up, click HERE
  • More information: go to turkeytrot5krun.org

All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds directly support the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry.


LUM Protein Food Pantry – Open on Black Friday

To make sure that food is available to local families in need this Thanksgiving, the LUM Protein Food Pantry will be open on Black Friday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the start of the holiday shopping frenzy but LUM will focus on providing food assistance.

If you wish to make a donation, sponsor a food drive or volunteer, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry.


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