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Hunger Hike 2022 — Needed More Than Ever


Mark Your Calendars – Sunday, September 18


Planning for Hunger Hike 2022 has begun — and all indications suggest it may be needed now more than ever. Did you know…

  • Food prices increased 7.9 percent since 2011
  • Food insecurity has increased among families with children and communities of color due to COVID-19
  • Rural communities are especially hard hit by hunger
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs
  • Hunger in African American, Latino, and Native American communities is higher because of systemic racial injustice (Source: Feeding America)

Hunger Hike is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger! Mark your calendars (September 18), check out the Hunger Hike website, recruit your team, and begin planning your fundraising. Your participation will have a much needed positive impact on eliminating hunger.


Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the two LUM Food Pantries; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry. This is YOUR opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while engaging in a meaningful and fun community event.


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

| Donate Online | Hunger Hike—Online Fundraising |


If you are a business owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor. For more information on how to become 2022 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


Mark Your Calendars – Get Engaged

Save the Dates for LUM Fall Happenings


HUNGER HIKE | Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m. | Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, IN |

– Join us in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally — by participating in Hunger Hike 2022. Hunger Hike offers many ways for individuals, churches, groups, organizations, teams, families and companies to raise funds to fight hunger. Walk and raise funds on your own or create a Team and raise funds as a group. Make a donation online, support a Team & become a Corporate Sponsor.

Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. If an outdoor event is not feasible the committee is exploring a virtual event. Find everything you need to start fundraising on the Hunger Hike website — go to hungerhike.org.


PORT of HOPE – the Immigration Clinic Fundraiser | Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co., Lafayette, IN

– Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM  Immigration Clinic . For many families in our community the LUM Immigration Clinic is their “Port of Hope.” Please support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic by attending Port of Hope. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food from local restaurants, a Market Place featuring unique experiences and items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.


TTURKEY TROT 5K Run  | Thursday, November 24 at 8 a.m. | Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette, IN

– Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome.

All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Community THANKSGIVING Feast | Thursday, November 24 at Noon | Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, IN

– The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by preparing food, volunteering or making a donation.


JUBILEE Christmas | Saturday, December 10 | All Day | Events at 27 Locations in Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN

– LUM Jubilee Christmas serves more than 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.


Hunger Hike Countdown – THIS Sunday


Sign Up Today – Raise Funds to Fight Hunger

Sign up now for Hunger Hike 2021, and help fight hunger! Let’s beat last year’s record and raise $125,000 for the hunger relief efforts locally, regionally & globally.
Three Easy Ways to sign up:

For more information, check out our short video, “How to Set Up your Hunger Hike Fundraising Page.” There is only days to Hunger Hike. It’s not too late. Start a team and start raising funds. Get started TODAY!

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

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.

Hunger Hike 2021 – THIS SUNDAY


Overcoming Hunger – Locally, Regionally, Globally

Hunger Hike is a fundraising event and also an exciting community event — THIS SUNDAY. It’s not too late to be a Participant!

Hunger Hike is a family event for individuals & teams whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger. (And it’s Dog Friendly.) The traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk is THIS Sunday (September 19) from Noon – 3:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette. There will be DJ music, princesses, National Anthem, clowns, remarks & more! {Due to COVID-19 — We strongly encourage everyone at Hunger Hike this year to wear a mask. Together we can help protect the most vulnerable among us.}

Below are the special highlights of the Hunger Hike kick-off event. For additional information on Hunger Hike 2021, please visit our website at hungerhike.org.

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

Hunger Hike 2021 – Get Started Today


Challenge Week Starts THIS Sunday, Sept. 12

Hunger Hike 2021 begins THIS Sunday, September 12, with Challenge Weeka week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams,” where you are encourage to “Walk Far in the Fight Against Hunger.” Here’s what you do to get started:

  • REGISTER – Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today.
  • CHALLENGE – Set yourself a personal challenge for the week:
    • Walk 100,000 steps | Walk five miles every day
    • Run 100 miles | Go on a 10 mile run
    • Ride your bike 100 miles | Swim two miles a day
    • Fast for two to four days | Stop eating meat for the week
  • SNAP CHALLENGE – Take the SNAP Challenge and feed your family on the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit ($30 per person for the week) – for more information, click HERE
  • DO IT – walk, run, bike, swim, cook, fast — and raise money for Hunger Hike
  • SHARE – Post your progress on social media (using #HungerHike) and on your personal fundraising page and encourage your friends to give to Hunger Hike to support your challenge.

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

Hunger Hike Countdown – 10 Days To Go


Hunger Hike Kick Off – Sunday, September 19

Join us the Hunger Hike Kick Off event, and help fight hunger! Let’s beat last year’s record and raise $125,000 for the hunger relief and nutrition efforts locally, regionally & globally. Hunger Hike details are as follows:

  • Kick Off Event – Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. join us in Riehle Plaza for our annual celebration and 3K walk, which includes. Enjoy:
  • Live MUSIC from Briton Wiese, former LUM shelter director
  • Clowns, face painting, balloon animals, Boilermaker Specialand Purdue Pete
  • 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 7 1 7 7 7

For more information, check out our short video, “How to Set Up your Hunger Hike Fundraising Page.” It’s only 10 days to Hunger Hike. Why wait? Start a team and start raising funds. Get started TODAY!

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

Hunger Hike – 16 Days to Raise $120,000


Sign Up Today – Raise Funds to Fight Hunger

Sign up now for Hunger Hike 2021, 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:

  • Challenge Week – September 12 to September 19
  • 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
  • SNAP Challenge – Take the SNAP Challenge and try to feed your family on the average SNAP benefit of $30 a person for the week. 
  • Kick Off Event – 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:

For more information, check out our short video, “How to Set Up your Hunger Hike Fundraising Page.” It’s only 24 days to Hunger Hike. Why wait? Start a team and start raising funds. Get started TODAY!

Hunger Hike – 23 Days to Raise $120,000


Sign Up Today – Raise Funds to Fight Hunger

Sign up now for Hunger Hike 2021, 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:

  • Challenge Week – September 12 to September 19
  • 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
  • SNAP Challenge – Take the SNAP Challenge and try to feed your family on the average SNAP benefit of $30 a person for the week. 
  • Kick Off Event – 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:

For more information, check out our short video, “How to Set Up your Hunger Hike Fundraising Page.” It’s only 24 days to Hunger Hike. Why wait? Start a team and start raising funds. Get started TODAY!

Hunger Hike Announces 2021 Co-Chair


Coach Nathan Walker – Honorary Co-Chair

At a recent event, Hunger Hike announced the 2021 Honorary Co-chair — Nathan Walker, Purdue Rowing & Crew Team head coach.

Coach Walker was named head coach in July. He is a Purdue alumnus and before returning to Purdue most recently led the rowing program at Culver Academies. {Pictured L to R: Duane Sellers, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry; Coach Nathan Walker; Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.}

Coach Walker shared that he is excited about Hunger Hike for three reason. First, the event raises money for vital food and nutrition programs and support. Second, as a Purdue student he participated in Hunger Hike and is honored to return in this new role. And lastly, he is proud to continue the tradition of engaging the Purdue rowing athletes in Hunger Hike, started by his former coach and predecessor, Coach Dave Kucik. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, is thrilled that Coach Walker supports Hunger Hike, and the Purdue student athletes will continue to play an important role in the kick-off event on Riehle Plaza on Sunday, September 19.