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.