Category Archives: Food Pantry

WLHS Girls Soccer Team Donates Food Items


Local Girls Soccer Teams Host Food Drive

The West Lafayette High School Girls Soccer Team donated food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Earlier this semester, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) coordinated a community-wide food drive to benefit LUM. The West Lafayette team captains, Ava Doty, Catalina Posada & Gretchen Bauman, delivered their food items to LUM this week (pictured).

Join us in thanking the West Lafayette Girls Soccer team for their donation and wish them luck as they face Kokomo at the Senior Night game tonight. If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org.


Five Local HS Girls Soccer Teams Support LUM

Food Donated to the LUM Protein Food Pantry

In addition to preparing to go back to school and train for their upcoming competition season, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) took the time to coordinate a food drive. Last week, the student leader athletes and coaches delivered a truckload of food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. During this pandemic, donations of food items are greatly appreciated because the need is so great.

In 2020, so far, the LUM Protein Food Pantry has distributed food 1,254 times to 360 local families impacting 3,739 individuals, 147 families with children and 27 families with infants.

Join us in thanking the McCutcheon team for coordinating the effort, and all of these local student leader athletes for their support of the families and children in our community with their donation to LUM. They are as follows:

  • Central Catholic – Hailey Fallen, Caroline Lutz & Mayah Love
  • Harrison – Zylee Saunders, Lydia Gonzalez, Kenzie Sharp & Lexi Fraley
  • Jefferson – Guadalupe Villegas, Alexia Hernandez & Ashanti Bravo
  • McCutcheon – Addyson Garrett, Kaleigh Scheumann & Katie Buckles

If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org. {Please note: The West Lafayette High School girls soccer team also participated but have not been able to deliver their donation yet.}

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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Double Your Donation – Double Your Impact

LAFAYETTE Meijer – Friday & Saturday

TODAY, Friday, September 11, & Saturday, September 12 – Double Your Donation & Double Your Impact!

DOUBLE MATCH DAYS

Go to the LAFAYETTE Meijer supermarket (4901 SR 26 E, Lafayette IN) & purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards upon checkout & Meijer will donate “food cards” to LUM for DOUBLE the amount of your gift. LUM then fills the Protein Food Pantry with fresh and nutritious food for local families in need. During COVID-19, food insecurity has increased locally impacting your neighbors and their children.

Please give if you are able – and take advantage of the Simply Give – Double Match Days (Friday, September 11 & Saturday, September 12) at the LAFAYETTE Meijer.

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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Five Local HS Girls Soccer Teams Support LUM


Food Donated to the LUM Protein Food Pantry

In addition to preparing to go back to school and train for their upcoming competition season, each of the five local High School Girls Soccer Teams (Central Catholic, Harrison, Jefferson, McCutcheon & West Lafayette High Schools) took the time to coordinate a food drive. Last week, the student leader athletes and coaches delivered a truckload of food to the LUM Protein Food Pantry. During this pandemic, donations of food items are greatly appreciated because the need is so great.

In 2020, so far, the LUM Protein Food Pantry has distributed food 1,254 times to 360 local families impacting 3,739 individuals, 147 families with children and 27 families with infants.

Join us in thanking the McCutcheon team for coordinating the effort, and all of these local student leader athletes for their support of the families and children in our community with their donation to LUM. They are as follows:

  • Central Catholic – Hailey Fallen, Caroline Lutz & Mayah Love
  • Harrison – Zylee Saunders, Lydia Gonzalez, Kenzie Sharp & Lexi Fraley
  • Jefferson – Guadalupe Villegas, Alexia Hernandez & Ashanti Bravo
  • McCutcheon – Addyson Garrett, Kaleigh Scheumann & Katie Buckles

If you wish to coordinate a food drive or paper goods drive for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, please email Nina Morgan at foodpantry@lumserve.org. {Please note: The West Lafayette High School girls soccer team also participated but have not been able to deliver their donation yet.}

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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LUM Protein Food Pantry Needs You

Donations & Volunteers Needed Weekly

To offer a good variety of proteins and paper products, the LUM Protein Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals, churches, companies and groups. The LUM food pantry also needs volunteers each  hursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to unload food, set up, check-in & assist families, and breakdown.

Five ways YOU can help the LUM Protein Food Pantry are as follows:

If you wish to sponsor a food drive or donate needed items, the list of items the food pantry needs is as follows:

  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins & facial tissues
  • Peanut butter; Eggs
  • Canned meats (beef, chicken) & canned fish (tuna)
  • Beans, legumes & lentils – dry or canned
  • Fresh produce: fruits & vegetables
  • Baby diapers & wipes; Infant formula
  • Feminine Hygiene Products: liners, napkins, pads, tampons, wipes
  • Adult incontinence protection aids (unisex briefs)

If you wish to make a monetary donation, volunteer, donate needed items, register for Hunger Hike — or simply have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.

Laura’s Kids Support LUM Camp & Food Pantry


Local Family Fund Donates $2,500 to LUM

Nancy Emig recently surprised LUM with a $2,500 donation. This gift was made possible by “Laura’s Kids,” a nonprofit created in memory of Laura Williams by Nancy & Greg Emig, her sister and brother-in-law and owners of Lafayette Brewing Company.

Laura Williams graduated from Chesterton High School and was a junior at Purdue University when she passed away unexpectedly in 2001. Laura had a special gift for working with children, and her goal was to become a child life specialist working with children with disabilities. In addition to Laura’s Kids, there is a memorial scholarship at Purdue for students in Human Development & Family Studies.

One thousand dollars was designated to support the LUM Protein Food Pantry, and $1,500 to LUM Camp. This generous gift will feed more than 1,000 local families and send 10 local children to LUM Camp next week. On behalf of the LUM students, THANK YOU to Laura’s Kids, the Emig Family and our friends at Lafayette Brewing Company.

{Pictured is Nancy with a LUM student and Bayley, her dog, who is the LUM reading buddy.}


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LUM Volunteer Awarded Golden Gift of Time


Nina Morgan Receives Prestigious Service Award

Last week, Nina L. Morgan was presented with the Golden Gift of Time Award as a part of the 24th Annual Volunteer Recognition Program sponsored by the United Way of Greater Lafayette.

At LUM, Nina has been the volunteer director of the Protein Food Pantry for 13 months. She also is a volunteer receptionist once a week, volunteers with Jubilee Christmas, and serves as the chair of the Personnel Committee on the Executive Council of the LUM Board of Directors, representing Grace Lutheran Church. Nina also has recruited many dedicated volunteers to LUM (including her husband, Robert), has engaged her church members and has sewn dozens of face masks for LUM staff and clients.

Nina is an absolute treasure to the community through her work with LUM and her church. She was presented with the award by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (pictured) along with representatives of United Way.

Please join us in congratulating Nina Morgan on this well deserved honor. To view more PHOTOS of the presentation, click HERE.


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COVID-19 – Back On Track LUM


Open for Business with New Protocols

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified again this week to keep pace with the Back on Track Indiana timeline. A summary of LUM services offered during LUM Phase 4 are as follows:

LUM staff members attended mandatory COVID- 19 training last Wednesday (pictured). The LUM Office is closed to drop-in visitors, but starting this week, clients may be seen by appointment, if they cannot get assistance remotely. Clients (with appointments), staff & volunteers must wear a mask, wash their hands and get their temperature taken before entering. Anyone who is sick, or has COVID-19 warning signs or symptoms will be not allowed to enter. LUM assistance is being offered to local families & children remotely whenever possible using online forms, email and phone calls.

  • For more details on the LUM COVID-19 Response, click HERE
  • Donate Needed COVID-19 Supplies, click HERE

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