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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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A Salute to the LUM Food Pantry Volunteers


LUM is very grateful for the volunteers who serve in the LUM Food Pantries. Both of the LUM Food Pantries are run entirely with a volunteer workforce led by volunteer directors, Nina Morgan & Larry Guentert. The two LUM Food Pantries offer one-time or weekly service opportunities.

LUM needs volunteers every Thursday and Friday morning to set up the food pantry, distribute food items equitably, greet and assist clients and enter information into the LUM database. Other volunteer duties include picking up food, accepting food donations, and sorting and displaying food items.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer teams with one or both of the LUM Food Pantries, sign up online today. If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


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Food Pantry – LUM Protein Food Pantry

LUM Westside Food Pantry Opening SOON


An Historic Milestone for Our Community


Lafayette Urban Ministry is thrilled to announce that the new LUM Westside Food Pantry has been approved by the state and will welcome clients as soon as next Friday. This new food program is a partnership between LUM and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. It complements the LUM Protein Food Pantry, located in downtown Lafayette, and is the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette. The Protein Food Pantry is open on Thursday mornings, and the Westside Food Pantry will be open on Friday mornings. If you have questions or need further information, go to lumserve.org/food-pantry, call 765-423-2691 or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


YOU can HELP the new LUM Westside Food Pantry by “stocking the shelves” with food items before it opens on Friday, May 7.


Here are FOUR ways you can help:

  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 members and friends; Insert this article in your bulletins, emails, on social media and websites

Cheryl Fowler, LUM Board president shared that,

This is an exciting time for LUM.
After months of gathering data, it is clear that West Lafayette needs a food pantry.

The LUM Westside Food Pantry will complement the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which is located in downtown Lafayette. The Protein Food Pantry is open every Thursday morning, and Westside Food Pantry will be open on Friday mornings.


Please help LUM help your neighbors who need basic food assistance.

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


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New LUM Westside Food Pantry Opening May 7


“Stock the Shelves” of New LUM Food Pantry


Lafayette Urban Ministry is expanding its food assistance program by opening the LUM Westside Food Pantry in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County and with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.


YOU can HELP the new LUM Westside Food Pantry by “stocking the shelves” with food items before it opens on Friday, May 7.


Here are FOUR ways you can help:

  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 members and friends; Insert this article in your bulletins, emails, on social media and websites

Cheryl Fowler, LUM Board president shared that,

This is an exciting time for LUM.
After months of gathering data, it is clear that West Lafayette needs a food pantry.

The LUM Westside Food Pantry will complement the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which is located in downtown Lafayette. The Protein Food Pantry is open every Thursday morning, and Westside Food Pantry will be open on Friday mornings.


Please help LUM help your neighbors who need basic food assistance.

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


Help Us Promote – Marketing Resources

  • Flier – click HERE
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New LUM Westside Food Pantry Opening


“Stock the Shelves” of New LUM Food Pantry

This spring, Lafayette Urban Ministry will be expanding its food assistance program by opening the LUM Westside Food Pantry in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County and with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.


YOU can HELP the new LUM Westside Food Pantry by “stocking the shelves” with food items before it opens later this spring.


Here are FOUR ways you can help:

  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 members and friends; Insert this article in your bulletins, emails, on social media and websites

Cheryl Fowler, LUM Board president shared that,

This is an exciting time for LUM.
After months of gathering data, it is clear that West Lafayette needs a food pantry.

The LUM Westside Food Pantry will complement the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which is located in downtown Lafayette. The Protein Food Pantry will be open on Thursday mornings, and Westside Food Pantry will be open on Friday mornings. Future plans include moving the Protein Food Pantry to a better location and expanding the hours of operation at both sites. 


Please help LUM help your neighbors who need basic food assistance.

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


Help Us Promote – Marketing Resources

  • Flier – click HERE
  • Bulletin/Newsletter article – click HERE
  • Logo – click HERE
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Briton’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines


Homeless Services

“Winter in the Midwest is an exceptionally difficult time to experience homelessness, but there should not be a single individual who experiences a cold night on the street. On a particularly perilous night, ice storms made many roads impassable. To compound the situation, the night was bitterly cold. Our dedicated shelter staff slowly made their way to the Emergency Shelter and provided another night of warmth and safety for our guests. Similarly, the Winter Warming Station operated without fail, providing a safe place for our guests to escape the cold of winter. Because of the continuation of the pandemic, this winter was especially difficult for many of us; but the team of staff and volunteers at LUM continue to provide vital resources, warmth and compassion for our community throughout the cold months.”

Briton Weise, Director, Emergency Shelter


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Nina’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines


Food Pantries

“During the COVID19, the volunteers at the Protein Food Pantry set a goal of continuing to serve our clients with respect for the safety of all and maintaining personal interactions. They have worked hard to follow all of the precautions & protocol. I am proud to say that we have remained open each week and work to help relieve and reduce the stress our clients are experiencing by allowing them to have choices in the food selections when possible. The need is great, and our clients appreciate us staying open.”

Nina Morgan, Director, LUM Protein Food Pantry


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Food Pantry – LUM Protein Food Pantry

New LUM Westside Food Pantry Opening


“Stock the Shelves” of New LUM Food Pantry

This spring, Lafayette Urban Ministry will be expanding its food assistance program by opening the LUM Westside Food Pantry in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County and with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.


YOU can HELP the new LUM Westside Food Pantry by “stocking the shelves” with food items before it opens later this spring.


Here are FOUR ways you can help:

  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 members and friends; Insert this article in your bulletins, emails, on social media and websites

Cheryl Fowler, LUM Board president shared that,

This is an exciting time for LUM.
After months of gathering data, it is clear that West Lafayette needs a food pantry.

The LUM Westside Food Pantry will complement the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which is located in downtown Lafayette. The Protein Food Pantry will be open on Thursday mornings, and Westside Food Pantry will be open on Friday mornings. Future plans include moving the Protein Food Pantry to a better location and expanding the hours of operation at both sites. 


Please help LUM help your neighbors who need basic food assistance.

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


Help Us Promote – Marketing Resources

  • Flier – click HERE
  • Bulletin/Newsletter article – click HERE
  • Logo – click HERE
  • Facebook/Instagram (square) Post – click HERE
  • Twitter/LinkedIn Post – click HERE
  • Facebook (landscape) Post – click HERE
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