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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.

This Fall Season Has More LUM Excitement


Save These LUM Fall Event Dates & Get Engaged


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


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


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


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

Quick Links to Important LUM Opportunities


Now is a great time to add these important LUM programs and opportunities to your calendar.


LUM Camp (July 25 – 29) – A week-long, overnight camp program at Hanging Rock Camp for children from 8 to 10 years old from low-income families. Why not say “yes” this year to being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?

Hunger Hike (September 18) – Saturday, September 21 is the annual HH5K Run. Sunday (9/22) is the traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars and get your team together.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 24) – The LUM 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 volunteering or making a donation.

Turkey Trot 5K Run (November 24) – 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 proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.

Jubilee Christmas (December 17) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 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.


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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.


50th Anniversary – Event Sponsors


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If you’re interested in becoming a LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

Below are the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event sponsors. Please show your appreciation by visiting their business soon and saying “thanks.”


GOLD Level – $2,500 


Silver Level – $1,000

  • Arni’s
  • Barash Law LLC
  • James L. & Sheila A. Cochran
  • The Morrissey Team – American Mortgage Service Company
  • The Truitt Kingdom Fund – National Christian Foundation
  • Purdue Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
  • The Russell Company – Cathy Russell

BRONZE Level $250

  • Albregts Team – Keller Williams
  • Cardinal Copier Solutions
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd – Episcopal Campus Ministry at Purdue, West Lafayette, IN
  • City of Lafayette, Indiana
  • City of West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Committee to Elect Chris Campbell
  • Essential Touch Massage
  • Harrison Kiwanis Club
  • Henriott Group
  • Horizon Bank
  • IGH Steel Fabrication
  • JEMS Design
  • Lafayette Noon Optimist Club
  • Mather Vision Group
  • The National Group
  • Property Solution Contractors, Inc.
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette, IN
  • Valley Oaks Health

Special Thanks! (In-Kind Donations)

  • Cole Crider, Videographer
  • GL Graphix
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.

DIAMOND Level – $5,000 

  • Be the first DIAMOND Level sponsor — please call or email us (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org)

Thanks to the LUM THANKSGIVING Sponsors


LUM would like to thank the businesses & churches that made significant donations to the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast.

  • Event Sponsors: Industrial Federal Credit Union, Cathy Russell Team Real Estate, Kalan Homes, and Lafayette Heating & Cooling
  • Food donations: Central Presbyterian Church, Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Co., Lafayette Brewing Co., La Scala, Jane’s Gourmet Deli, McAllister’s Deli, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Smitty Bread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, and Sweet Revolution Bake Shop
  • Decoration donations: 21 Petals Designs, West Lafayette Elementary School art students, LUM After School Program, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School students 
  •  Entertainment: Lee Anna Atwell, West Lafayette High School Orchestra students

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Recap 2021

800 Meals – 82 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

This was the 35th consecutive year that LUM has hosted the Community Thanksgiving Feast in downtown Lafayette, IN. It was an especially important event this year because food prices are high and many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. Even though it was mostly a “walk-through” event it still brought together the entire community and was a lively event. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies

Community Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities, and to Lee Anna Atwell and West Lafayette High School students for providing live music. It was also special to have several local officials mingling with our guests, including Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, and County Commissioner Tracy Brown. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Thanks to Allie Parker, who directed the event; and Ian Kennedy, who headed up the kitchen crew. Please consider a donation to the event.

On Black Friday, both of the LUM Food Pantries were open and well stocked with turkeys and many other food staples for families in need this holiday weekend.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Turkey Trot 2021 – Record Breaking Year

660+ Participants – $32,000+ Raised for LUM

The 2021 Turkey Trot 5K Run welcomed back live runners on Thanksgiving morning and was a successful event, setting records for number of participants and money raised for LUM. This year, the event raised more than $32,000 and had more than 660 individuals registered to participate. Turkey Trot is an important event for LUM because it creates a sense of community and funds all of the LUM programs including youth programs, the food pantriesfinancial assistanceimmigration servicestax assistance and homelessness services.

The Thanksgiving morning weather was overcast and rainy but the rain stopped before the run began at 8 a.m. Please join us in thanking all of our participants, donors, and event sponsors. If you missed the Turkey Trot and wish to make a donation, click the button below. To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


800 Meals – 82 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

This was the 35th consecutive year that LUM has hosted the Community Thanksgiving Feast in downtown Lafayette, IN. It was an especially important event this year because food prices are high and many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. Even though it was mostly a “walk-through” event it still brought together the entire community and was a lively event. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities, and to Lee Anna Atwell and West Lafayette High School students for providing live music. It was also special to have several local officials mingling with our guests, including Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, and County Commissioner Tracy Brown. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Thanks to Allie Parker, who directed the event; and Ian Kennedy, who headed up the kitchen crew. Please consider a donation to the event.

On Black Friday, both of the LUM Food Pantries were open and well stocked with turkeys and many other food staples for families in need this holiday weekend.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM Focuses on Community This Thanksgiving


A Time to be Grateful & Serve Those in Need

For close to 50 years, Lafayette Urban Ministry has focused on “tackling basic human needs & uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette,” especially during the holiday season and winter months. Thanksgiving is an iconic holiday known for turkey dinner, football, eating too much and being grateful for our blessings. To LUM, Thanksgiving is about showing love to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time. This Thanksgiving holiday, LUM is hosting the Community Thanksgiving Feast, opening the LUM Protein Food Pantry & Westside Food Pantry, and sponsoring the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Please see the details below.


LUM Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25


LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast | Noon to 2 p.m.

For the 35th consecutive year, Lafayette Urban Ministry will host the Community Thanksgiving Feast from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette. LUM will prepare and distribute more than 800 meals including over 75 turkeys and 112 pies. The fixin’s will include yams, stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce & gravy. Due to COVID-19, meals will be offered for take out. Limited seating will be provided for individuals with physical limitations. Everyone is welcome, no reservations are necessary, and it’s FREE. Cash and food donations are still being accepted. Donate online at LUMserve.org/donate. For more information, to volunteer or make a food donation, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.


LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run | 8 a.m.

At sunrise on Thanksgiving morning, LUM will sponsor the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Area in West Lafayette. This is a professional timed run open to all levels of runners, joggers and walkers. It is a fun, family event. The registration fee is $35 for adults and $10 for youth, 13 years old and younger. All proceeds fund LUM programs, which directly benefit local families, children and individuals experiencing homelessness. The first 475 registered participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and the fastest runners will receive trophies. For more information and to register, go to turkeytrot5krun.org.


LUM Black Friday – Friday, November 26


LUM Food Pantries | 10 a.m. to Noon

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the start of the holiday shopping frenzy, but LUM will focus on providing food assistance, especially at a time when food prices are higher than usual. To make sure that nutritious food and other household items are available to local families in need this Thanksgiving, the LUM Protein Food Pantry (located at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette) and the LUM Westside Food Pantry (located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette) will be open on Black Friday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to the food items, paper products and produce, each food pantry will also have turkey and other Thanksgiving food items, while supplies last. If you wish to make a donation, donate food, sponsor a food drive or volunteer, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry.


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Thanksgiving – A Time to Be Grateful & Serve


November – Three Ways to Get Engaged

Thanksgiving is an iconic holiday known for turkey dinner, football, eating too much and being grateful for our blessings. To LUM, Thanksgiving is about showing love to our neighbors in need, especially during this difficult time. This year LUM is hosting the 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast, opening the LUM Protein Food Pantry, and sponsoring the Turkey Trot 5K Run. Learn how you can participate, donate and volunteer at these meaningful Thanksgiving events and programs.


Community Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving Day (November 25), 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 bake and cook — or volunteer at the event on Thanksgiving. Dozens of volunteers are needed to work in the kitchen, serve food, assist our guests and, of course, set up, breakdown and clean up.

You may also make a monetary donation or donate other food items and supplies. For more information about getting engaged and investing in this event, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

Turkey Trot 5K Run

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

  • Date: Thursday, November 25
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area
  • Volunteer: to sign up, click HERE
  • More information: go to turkeytrot5krun.org

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


LUM Protein Food Pantry – Open on Black Friday

To make sure that food is available to local families in need this Thanksgiving, the LUM Protein Food Pantry will be open on Black Friday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the start of the holiday shopping frenzy but LUM will focus on providing food assistance.

If you wish to make a donation, sponsor a food drive or volunteer, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry.


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