Category Archives: Food Pantry

LUM Food Pantry – Three Ways to Get Engaged

The LUM Protein & Westside Food Pantries need you. Here are three ways to get engaged today. The LUM Food Pantries are open weekly on Thursday & Friday mornings and focus on providing “protein, paper goods & produce.”

Volunteers are needed each Thursday & Friday morning from 10 a.m. to Noon, and delivery of donated items will be received during those times.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Food Programs are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE

If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.

Village Soup Day Supports LUM Again

More Than 300 Meals – Big Support for LUM

Last week, Westminster Village in West Lafayette sponsored the Village Soup Day in support of LUM programs. The Westminster Village staff sold more than 300 meals featuring their famous menu of hot broccoli cheddar soup, chili, maple vinaigrette salad, house-made rolls, and gourmet choc-chip cookies.

The money raised from this event will have an immediate positive impact on local families in need, children, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 

Thank you, Westminster Village staff for your support of LUM!

LUM Focuses on Hope This Thanksgiving


Community Thanksgiving Feast – Restoring Hope

Thanksgiving at LUM is about restoring hope — and the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast makes it happen. The “feast” is just winding down at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette, IN, and it was a special event. For the first time since 2019 (pre-COVID), guests were able to eat their holiday meal together — restoring hope for all of us. In addition to the turkey dinner, there was live music featuring West Lafayette High School orchestra students, Blue Moon Rising, and Larry Guentert Jazz Duo.

The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast takes two months of planning, engages more than 200 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread/rolls, a variety of beverages, and slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies.

LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities. It was also special to have several local officials “breaking bread” with our guests, including Indiana State Representatives Sheila Klinker Chris Campbell, Mayor Tony Roswarski, and Lafayette City Council members, Kevin Klinker and Nancy Nargi. Additional information and acknowledgements include the following:

  • Food donations: Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Company, Lafayette Brewing Co., Jane’s Gourmet Deli, La Scala, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, SmittyBread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas Center plus dozens of individuals.
  • Table decorations and placemats were created by the students enrolled at the LUM After School Program, Creekside Growers, St. Boniface Elementary, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School, and West Lafayette Elementary School.
  • The Crew: Thanks to Josh Prokopy, who directed the event; Nina Morgan, who headed up the kitchen crew; Terri Anderson for working with the volunteers, Jackie Gracer for managing the dining room; and Wes Tillett for emceeing and hosting the event.

It was a joyous community event and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Please consider a donation to offset the expenses of this special LUM event. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Delta Tau Delta Bring Halloween to LUM


Purdue Students Engage with LUM Students

Members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity recently surprised LUM with a special donation of Halloween treat bags for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The LUM students were thrilled, and the teachers appreciated the kindness and generosity of the fraternity members. The Purdue Delts who delivered the Halloween treat bags were AJ GolfisAndrew Colsten, and Christian Durbin (pictured L to R). Their members also volunteer regularly at the LUM Protein Food Pantry. LUM is fortunate to have such great support from Purdue students, especially the members of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Purdue.

Village Soup Day is Back – Better Than Ever

Westminster “Village Drive-Thru Soup Day” Benefits LUM



Westminster Village Drive-Thru Soup Day 2022 is back and better than ever. This delicious meal benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry. Event details are as follows:

  • Date/Time – Thursday, November 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Place – Front Entrance – Westminster Village, 2741 North Salisbury Street, West Lafayette
  • Cost – $13 per meal
  • Menu – choice of hot broccoli cheddar soup or chili, maple vinaigrette salad, house-made roll, and gourmet choc-chip cookie

Westminster Village can’t wait to see you there as YOU support LUM.

LUM Needs Socks


We’re Almost Out of Our Most Requested Item

Socks are the most requested item in the LUM Office and at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Please consider a gift of socks to LUM. Prefer adult, size large, dark or white, and good quality.

  • DROP OFF — Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN.
  • SHIP – Order socks online and have them shipped to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN. And, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase.
    • Go to smile.amazon.com,
    • Select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,”
    • Order needed SOCKS (or other needed items), and
    • LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. 

Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most — but donations of “Needed Items” are welcome to support the LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN), Youth Programs, Emergency Shelter, Community Thanksgiving Feast, and Jubilee Christmas.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM needs food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, disposable razors, paper products, cleaning supplies, snacks, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that LUM keeps expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Learn more.


HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “collection drive” at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Ask your members, friends, family and colleagues to donate Needed Items from the LUM Wish List, such as food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, and disposable razors. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products) — or snacks for the After School Program — or socks for the Emergency Shelter.


Support the LUM – Host a Collection Drive


| Foods | Toilet Paper | Socks | Toys | Dish Detergent |

Donations of “Needed Items” are welcome to support the LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN), Youth Programs, Emergency Shelter, Community Thanksgiving Feast, and Jubilee Christmas. Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most.


NEEDED ITEMS – LUM needs food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, disposable razors, paper products, cleaning supplies, snacks, infant products and personal hygiene items. One way that LUM keeps expenditures down is by asking for donations of these “needed items” from the LUM Wish List. You may even purchase the needed items online and have them shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM gets a percentage of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” order needed items for the LUM Food Pantries, and LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Learn more.


HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “collection drive” at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Ask your members, friends, family and colleagues to donate Needed Items from the LUM Wish List, such as food, toilet papers, socks, dish detergent, deodorant, and disposable razors. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive or ask your guests to bring items needed for the LUM Food Pantries (dish soap, canned fish, canned meat, deodorant, diapers, feminine products) — or snacks for the After School Program — or socks for the Emergency Shelter.


Hunger Hike – THIS Sunday


Tackling 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 Fundraiser!

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 goal this year is to raise $100,000 for food and nutrition programs locally, regionally and globally. The traditional Hunger Hike 1.5K Walk is THIS Sunday (September 18) from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette.

Below are the special highlights of the Hunger Hike kick-off event. For additional information on Hunger Hike 2022, please visit our website at hungerhike.org.


Hunger Hike — Special Highlights & Surprises

Co-Chairs — Purdue Coaches Gearlds & Mitchell

The Hunger Hike 2022 honorary co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Katie Gearlds (women’s basketball) & Jason Mitchell (crew & rowing).

Coaches Gearlds & Mitchell 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. The student-athletes on their teams might even be in attendance.

Meet Coaches Katie Gearlds & Jason Mitchell at the Hunger Hike kick-off event THIS Sunday at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


Purdue Spirit, Music, Ax Throwing, Zumba & More

Join us THIS Sunday for the Hunger Hike kick-off event.

  • At 1 – 2 p.m. (Riehle Plaza). DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at Hunger Hike. DJ Powder creates a family-friendly, festive environment during the kick-off of Hunger Hike.
  • The kick-off event will also feature Purdue Pete, the Purdue Cheer team and the Purdue Crew Team. The Purdue Cheer team will perform with Purdue Pete. Thanks to Purdue Athletics, and Purdue Crew Team for their support. There will be FREE Zumba, face painting, ax throwing, balloon animals, clowns, princesses, and massages.
  • At 1:45 p.m., there will be a short ceremony. Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative, will kick-off  Hunger Hike with the singing of the US National Anthem with her daughter, Kelly Jacob, followed by an invocation from the Reverend Dr. Hilary Cooke, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.  There will also be awards, including “oldest walker,” “youngest walker,” and “best new fundraiser.”
  • At 2:00 p.m., Hunger Hike supporters begin the 1.5K walk over the pedestrian bridge and around Tapawingo Park, the new family-friendly route. Along the way there will be live boat demos at the Purdue Boathouse, popsicles, and a magic show featuring Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash. The route ends back at Reihle Plaza with a picnic with hot dogs, chips, and bottled water.

Hunger Hike Countdown – Only Days To Go

Get Started Today – Raise Funds to Fight Hunger

Hunger Hike is a fundraising event and an exciting community celebration. Hunger Hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

Sign up now for Hunger Hike 2022, and help fight hunger! Be a part of this community event to raise $100,000 for the hunger relief efforts locally, regionally & globally. Three Easy Ways to get involved:

There is only days to Hunger Hike. Start a team and start raising funds. Get started TODAY! It’s not too late.


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

Chauncey Fest Benefits LUM Westside Food Pantry


North Chauncey Street Residents Support LUM

Recently the residents of North Chauncey Street (West Lafayette, IN) sponsored the third annual Chauncey Fest. This new special event included “porch concerts” featuring local live entertainers, specialty food items (homemade ice cream, pulled pork sliders, local beers and wine), a silent auction, and lots of activities for children, including rides on the Purdue Boilermaker Special.

The Chauncey Fest director, Michael Wilcox, and the event team also encouraged participants to bring donations for the LUM Westside Food Pantry, which is located in this historic neighborhood in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (Meridian & Smiley Streets, West Lafayette, IN). In addition to food items (canned food, peanut butter and more), the donation included much needed items like toilet paper, feminine products and diapers. LUM is grateful for the support from Chauncey Fest and everyone involved in this wonderful event.

If you or your group would like to sponsor a Collection Drive for the LUM Food Pantries, please email foodpantry@lumserve.org — and check out the LUM Wish List of Needed ItemsVOLUNTEERS are also needed. For more information on ways to invest and engage with LUM Food Pantries, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.

LUM Restoring Hope This Thanksgiving


A Time to be Grateful & Serve Those in Need

For LUM, Thanksgiving is more than football and eating too much. It is about being grateful for our blessings by restoring hope to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time.

This year LUM is hosting the 36th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast and the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Learn how you can participate, donate and volunteer at these meaningful Thanksgiving events and programs.


This Thanksgiving Day (November 24), 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 donate needed items such as food items, paper products, pies, cleaning supplies and more. Dozens of volunteers are needed at the event on Thanksgiving day.

You may also make a monetary donation which will be used where needed most. To learn how to get engaged and invest in the Community Thanksgiving Feast, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

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

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
  • New Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • New Location: Connection Point Church, West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area
  • Volunteer: to sign up, click HERE

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