Category Archives: Food Pantry

St. John’s Donates Refrigerator to LUM


LUM Protein Food Pantry has a New Fridge

The LUM Protein Food Pantry recently moved to a perfect space in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette. Although it was a smooth transition from a “pop-up food pantry” to the new location at St. John’s, LUM needed a few essential items in the new space.

When Pastor Bradley Pace & St. John’s leadership heard that the LUM pantry needed a refrigerator, they did not hesitate to offer the funds ($1,200) to purchase a new one for LUM.

Pictured (L to R) is Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, accepting the new refrigerator-only unit from the Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace on behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Church. LUM is grateful to St. John’s for the refrigerator, the use of their space for the LUM Protein Food Pantry, and for their unwavering support of the Mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. If you or your group would like to invest in the LUM Protein Food Pantries, please consider a monetary donation, a gift of food items, volunteer or participate in Hunger Hike 2021.

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!

LUM Food Pantry – Commitment to Downtown

Grand Reopening – Relocation to St. John’s Church

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened this morning in a new and improved downtown Lafayette location. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, hosted the Grand Reopening which featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and a blessing by the Rev. Andrea Arsene, the Curate at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette.

Remarks were offered and a citation was presented by State Representatives Sheila Klinker & Chris Campbell. The individuals who participated in the “Ribbon Cutting” were (pictured L to R above) the Rev. Arsene, Teresa Lohrman (St. John’s), Wes Tillett, Rep. Chris Campbell, Rabbi Karen Fanwick, the Rev. Brandon Smith (Heartland Community Church), Rep. Sheila Klinker, Amy O’Shea (United Way), Kathy Parker (West Lafayette City Council), and Nina Morgan (LUM Board member & Protein Food Pantry volunteer director). At 10 a.m., clients were welcomed into the food pantry to receive fresh fruit & vegetables, paper supplies, frozen meat and a variety of other food staples.

Both the LUM Protein Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry serve all residents of Tippecanoe County. Thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Reopening and helped us celebrate the new location of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Individuals can help the two LUM Food Pantries in FOUR ways:

  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

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.

You’re Invited – LUM Food Pantry Grand Reopening


Community Leaders Help “Cut” the Ribbon



You are cordially invited to attend the GRAND REOPENING of the LUM Protein Food Pantry to a better location. This new location gives the food pantry more space and a more central location. It will continue to feature proteins, produce & paper products for local individuals and families-in-need in Tippecanoe County.


Grand Reopening – Thursday

July 15 | 9:30 a.m. | St. John’s Episcopal Church | FREE


  • Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6th Street between North & Ferry Streets at the Red Door under the Green Awning
  • Grand Opening includes…
    • Remarks – LUM, St. John’s & local officials
    • Ribbon Cutting
    • FREE Donuts, Coffee and Bottled Water

Please join us for this historic and joyful GRAND REOPENING. For more information about the LUM Protein Food Pantry, see below, click HERE or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


Individuals can help the new LUM Protein Food Pantry in four ways:

  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Reopening – LUM Protein Food Pantry – THIS Thursday, July 15, 2021

Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce the Grand Reopening of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. The LUM downtown food pantry has moved to a new location — St. John’s Episcopal Church on 6th Street between Ferry & North Streets. The details of the Grand Reopening are as follows:

  • Grand Reopening – LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Date – THIS Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • Time – 9:30 a.m. 
  • Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church on 6th Street between Ferry & North Street, Lafayette, IN; enter the Red Door under the Green Awning
  • Refreshments – Free donuts, coffee & bottled water

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened in April 2019 as a “pop up” pantry in the LUM Ray Ewry Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN. This food pantry is managed and run by LUM, and is focused on providing protein-rich food items (meats, fish, peanut butter & beans), fresh produce, and paper & hygiene products. The move to this new location was made possible by St. John’s Episcopal Church, a LUM member church, who offered this space to LUM at no charge. Additionally, St. John’s Episcopal Church recently purchased a new refrigerator for use in the LUM food pantry. 

The LUM Protein Food Pantry complements the LUM Westside Food Pantry, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County in West Lafayette (the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette). The LUM Westside Food Pantry (West Lafayette) is open on Friday mornings, and the LUM Protein Food Pantry (Lafayette) is open on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Both LUM food pantries are open to all residents of Tippecanoe County.

Individuals can help the new LUM Protein Food Pantry in four ways:

  • Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  • Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  • Volunteer Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  • Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

Future plans include expanding the days of operation at both sites. For more information go to lumserve.org/food-pantry or email foodpantry@lumserve.org. Representatives from Lafayette Urban Ministry and St. John’s Episcopal Church will be available for interviews.

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Lafayette Urban Ministry is an organization of more than 45 churches that serves as a social safety net for individuals, children and families in Tippecanoe County. For over 48 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to our neighbors in need. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the individuals, children and families in our community. Loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the social ministry through food programs, financial assistance, youth programs, immigration services and emergency shelter.

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Gift from the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club


Needed Items Donated from Local 4-H Club

Sarah & Greg Willoughby

The members of the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club recently collected needed items for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. In addition to much need items (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, facial tissues, shampoo, comb, body wash, disposable razor, lip balm & socks), each packet included a handwritten note of love and encouragement.

Greg Willoughby delivered a truckload of items to LUM with his daughter and 10-year 4-H member, Sarah Willoughby. Thank you to Greg and all of the members of Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club for this thoughtful gift.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Purdue Alpha Xi Delta Donates to LUM


Food & Monetary Gift from Purdue Students

The members of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternal organization at Purdue University recently collected money and food items for the new LUM Westside Food Pantry.

Alyssa Nettles, Alpha Xi Delta philanthropy vice president, delivered the check and food items to LUM and presented them to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). Thank you to Alyssa and all of the members of Purdue Alpha Xi Delta for this thoughtful gift.

If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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LUM Westside Pantry – Grand Opening Recap


Community Leaders Help “Cut” the Ribbon


The new LUM Westside Food Pantry opened last Friday morning with a “grand celebration.” Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, hosted the Grand Opening which featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and a blessing by Bishop Timothy Doherty, Rabbi Karen Fanwick, Pastor Rosemary Morrison, Pastor Brandon Smith & Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke.

Remarks were offered by West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and State Representative Sheila Klinker, who presented LUM with a Proclamation from the State Legislature. In addition to Wes Tillett, Mayor Dennis & Representative Klinker, Lisa Dullum (Tippecanoe County Council); Peter Bunder, Kathy Parker, David Sanders & Gerald Thomas (West Lafayette City Council); Katy Bunder & Kier Crites (Food Finders Food Bank); and Cheryl Fowler (LUM Board of Directors) assisted with the ribbon cutting (pictured above). At 10 a.m., clients were welcomed into the food pantry to receive fresh fruit & vegetables, paper supplies, frozen chicken and a variety of other food staples. {To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.}

This new food pantry serves all residents of Tippecanoe County and is a partnership between LUM and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The LUM Westside Food Pantry complements the LUM Protein Food Pantry, located in downtown Lafayette, and is the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Opening and helped us celebrate the new LUM Westside Food Pantry.


Individuals can help the new LUM Westside Food Pantry in four ways:

  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to State Distributing Agencies, like Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Grand Opening – LUM Westside Food Pantry



West Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Urban Ministry is thrilled to announce the opening of a new food pantry in West Lafayette, IN. The details of the Grand Opening of the new LUM Westside Food Pantry are as follows:

  • Grand Opening – LUM Westside Food Pantry
  • Date – Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Time – 9:30 a.m. 
  • Location – Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette, IN (Smiley Street Entrance near Playground)
  • Grand Opening includes…
    • Remarks from West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, State Representative Sheila Klinker and several other local elected officials from West Lafayette, Lafayette & Tippecanoe County
    • Ribbon Cutting with representatives from LUM, Food Finders & more
    • FREE Donuts, Coffee and Bottled Water

This new food pantry is a partnership between LUM and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. The LUM Westside Food Pantry complements the LUM Protein Food Pantry, located in downtown Lafayette, and is the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette. The LUM Protein Food Pantry (Lafayette) is open on Thursday mornings, and the Westside Food Pantry (West Lafayette) will be open on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Both LUM food pantries are open to all residents of Tippecanoe County. In addition to the food provided by the USDA through Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., the food pantry will offer protein (meats, fish, peanut butter & beans), fresh produce and paper products. 

Cheryl Fowler, LUM Board president shared that, “After months of gathering data, it is clear that West Lafayette needs a food pantry. Expanding the LUM food assistance program to West Lafayette is consistent with our goal to be a partner in feeding our neighbors in need, by offering free, nutritious food, now twice a week. This is an exciting time for LUM and our county.”

Individuals can help the new LUM Westside Food Pantry in four ways:

  1. Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  2. Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  3. Volunteer – Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  4. Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

Future plans include moving the LUM Protein Food Pantry to a better location in downtown Lafayette and expanding the days of operation at both sites. For more information go to lumserve.org/food-pantry or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to State Distributing Agencies, like Lafayette Urban Ministry.

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Generous Donation to LUM After School Program


Delta Tau Delta at Purdue University

Members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity volunteer regularly at the LUM Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette and are very helpful. They recently surprised LUM with a special donation. The fraternity members prepared beautiful 48 Easter baskets filled with treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The students were thrilled, and the teachers were touched by their kindness and generosity.

LUM is fortunate to have such great support from Purdue students and the members of Purdue student organizations and Greek-letter organizations. Special thanks to the members of the Purdue Delts for this special, surprise gift for the LUM students.


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Generous Donation to LUM Westside Food Pantry


West Lafayette Elementary School

Cindy Nycz, physical education teacher, coordinated a “Stock the Shelves” Food Drive for LUM at West Lafayette Elementary School. Cindy encouraged teachers and staff to bring in food & paper products for the new LUM Westside Food Pantry, and the response was great.

Cindy, who is also a LUM board member representing St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette, delivered a truckload of much needed items (pictured). Thanks to all of the WLES staff and teachers for their generous donation to LUM.

Please consider supporting the new LUM Westside Food Pantry by sponsoring a “Stock the Shelves” food drive. To get started, click HERE. For more information, check out the “WISHLIST” of needed items, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


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