Category Archives: Hunger Hike

LUM Fall Events Are Just Around the Corner


Mark Your Calendars – Get Engaged for Good


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN


TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN


JUBILEE Christmas | Saturday, December 11 | All Day | Events at 27 Locations in Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN

Hunger Hike 2021 – Returns to Riehle Plaza


Support Food Programs Locally & Globally

Last year’s virtual Hunger Hike was an incredible success, raising more than $120,000 for Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, and the Haiti Mission at St. Thomas Aquinas. But even as the US economy begins to recover from the effects of the pandemic, millions of people are still out of work, facing eviction, and struggling to put food on the table.

The need is as great as ever, and but YOU can be part of the solution.  Sign up now, and help fight hunger! Let’s beat last year’s record and raise $125,000 for the hunger relief efforts locally, regionally & globally. Hunger Hike details are as follows:

  • September 12 to September 19 is Challenge Week
  • Set a personal challenge and share it with your supporters: walk 100 steps, bike 100 miles, fast for 2 days, go without meat for a week, or
  • Take the SNAP Challenge and try to feed your family on the average SNAP benefit of $30 a person for the week. 
  • Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. join us in Riehle Plaza for our annual celebration and 3K walk. Enjoy:
  • Live MUSIC from Briton Wiese, former LUM shelter director
  • ZUMBA with Studio b, clowns, face painting, balloon animals, massages, and a hotdog picnic
  • And NEW this year, pose for photos with our three costumed princesses
  • Three Easy Ways to sign up:
  • go to hungerhike.org | Click HERE | Text HHIKE to 71777

For more information, check out our short video, “How to Set Up your Hunger Hike Fundraising Page.” Hunger Hike is only 59 days away. Why wait? Get started TODAY!

A Glimpse at the Fall Happenings at LUM


Mark Your Calendars – Save the Dates – Engage


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN


TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN

A Glimpse at the Fall Happenings at LUM


Mark Your Calendars – Save the Dates – Engage


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN


TURKEY TROT 5K Run | Thursday, November 25 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 25 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN

Meet Cheryl Fowler – LUM Board President

Celebrating the Women of LUM in March

LUM is excited to introduce you to the president of the LUM Board of Directors, Cheryl Fowler.

Cheryl has been an active LUM volunteer for more than eight years when she was selected to represent her church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, on the LUM Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the LUM Executive Council for the past four years, Cheryl has served on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee for seven years and was the program director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast in 2015 & 2016.

Cheryl grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from Finneytown High School, and earned a BS in marketing from Miami University, Ohio. Cheryl lives in West Lafayette with her husband of 36 years, Gary, and they have an adult daughter, son-in-law and seven-month old granddaughter. In addition to her family, she draws inspiration from music, especially this Carrie Newcomer song lyric,

“The greatest revolution is a simple change of heart.”

Cheryl shared that,

“Central to my faith is the inherent worth and
dignity of each person and my commitment to
justice, equity and compassion for all.”

This is what drew her to get involved with Hunger Hike and the new LUM Westside Food Pantry, opening this April.

“Creating awareness of food insecurity, raising money to fight hunger and providing food assistance to local families,”

is important to Cheryl. She is most proud of her work with the LUM Executive Council, stating that,

“Serving as the liaison for my church, working with the governance of LUM and witnessing firsthand the LUM volunteers & staff making a difference in people’s lives, gives me such a positive feeling. LUM truly is in the business of helping to restore human dignity and hope.”

Cheryl Fowler and Wes Tillett, LUM executive director

Following a long history of women serving with LUM, Cheryl is a humble and hardworking leader and volunteer. Over the years, she has stepped up and led when needed but has also rolled up her sleeves and participated in the day-to-day work at LUM.

“LUM helps me live out my values,”

Cheryl shared with pride and gratitude.

Cheryl also serves on the social justice team with her church and a racial justice group in the community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities including camping, traveling, music and supporting the arts, and tap dancing, which she has done since she was four years old.

LUM and the children and families served by LUM are blessed to have someone like Cheryl as their leader, advocate, and servant.

LUM Announces Fall & Winter Programs


Mark Your Calendar | Get Engaged


PORT of HOPE – LUM Immigration Clinic Fundraising Events

Port of Hope offers three fun experiences this year.

  • PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). Grab your friends and/or family and enjoy a socially distanced outdoor escapade learning how our community has been enriched by immigrants over the years.
  • Port of Hope Virtual Experience (Thursday, November 5). The Virtual Experience is an opportunity to sit back at home and enjoy music and interviews while learning about the Immigration Clinic and its impact on our community.
  • Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5). It’s a social media campaign & fundraiser.

Event Info | Scavenger Hunt | Virtual Experience | Donate $ | Sponsor


COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FEAST – Thursday, November 26

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals.

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Lots of food and supplies are needed too — donate food or make a cash donation to make this special community event possible. Online sign ups are open NOW.

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor


TURKEY TROT 5K RUN – Thursday, November 26

Participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • The Live Runners will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners will be able to run on Thanksgiving or at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy.

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor


JUBILEE CHRISTMAS – Saturday, December 12

Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and receive gifts for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card to make Christmas dinner special too.

This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas events will be curb-side or walk-through programs, and all registration forms are being submitted online.

Event Info | Donate $ | Volunteer Donate Items

Hunger Hike – Historic Event During COVID-19


$112,000+ Raised So Far! You Still May Give!

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Hunger Hike 2020 was a tremendous success — concluding with a remote event this past Sunday (September 20) — the “Livestream.”

It featured the traditional Zumba Warm Up from Studio b Dance & Fitness, the National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley, and a benediction by Bishop Timothy Doherty. It also featured remarks from local dignitaries Mayors John Dennis & Tony Roswarski, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker. Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik, and their teams made an appearance. The Livestream also offered entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group and magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.  

For decades, Hunger Hike has raised awareness for issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and raised funds in excess of $2 million to support food & nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Thanks to YOU, the participants & sponsors, for supporting Hunger Hike this historic year. And YES! You still may donate to Hunger Hike, a Hunger Hike Team, or a “Hiker.” 

To donate by text, text HHIKE to 41444

Hunger Hike is one of longest running & well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. 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.

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Hunger Hike 2020 is HERE!


Join us for the Hunger Hike Livestream which will included the traditional Zumba Warm Up led by Miss Brooke from Studio b Dance & Fitness, US National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley and benediction by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty. It also will feature remarks from local dignitaries, Mayors Tony Roswarski John Dennis, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker as well as the Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik. The Livestream will also offer entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group & magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.

Let’s not forget though that Hunger Hike is a fundraising event to address the issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and aims to raise funds to support food and nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

Join us in “Unmasking Hunger” – and here’s how:


Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most 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 MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


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Hunger Hike 2020 – Begins THIS Sunday


Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most 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 MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


Hunger Hike Events:

  • Challenge Week (THIS Sunday, September 13, to Sunday, September 20) is your opportunity pledge to Walk Far in the Fight Against Hunger – learn more
  • The Livestream is the premier event of Hunger Hike 2020 starting online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 – learn more

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Hunger Hike Countdown – One Month to Kickoff


Check Out the “NEW Challenge Week”

There are only 38 DAYS to Hunger Hike. Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever.

Hunger Hike 2020 will kick off on Sunday, September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps — using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm with the Hunger Hike livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for Hunger Hike. The hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.


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