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Hunger Hike – Start Fundraising Today – www.hungerhike.org


Hunger Hike is only 17 days away. Now would be a perfect time to create a Team for your church or organization — and begin raising money for Hunger Hike. This year is our 25th anniversary, so we hope you’ll want to be a part of it. Go to www.hungerhike.org for more information.

Thanks in advance for your support of Hunger Hike. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email hungerhike@lumserve.org  or call  765-423-2691 . Join us in the Fight Against Hunger locally, regionally & globally.


| Hunger Hike | Sunday, September 17 | Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |


For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org.


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Honorary Co-chairs Kick Off Hunger Hike


This year’s Honorary Co-chairs kicked off the 25 annual Hunger Hike at a special event last week. This year’s co-chairs are Purdue coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). They both spoke passionately about the 25th annual Hunger Hike and how important it is to come together as a community to Fight Hunger.
They also put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now and to beat last year’s Hunger Hike total of $114,000. Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations— Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center—also offered remarks and shared how important this fundraiser is to addressing the needs in our community and abroad.
At the end of the event, the Diamond & Gold Level Event Sponsors were thanked and acknowledged. The Diamond Level event sponsor is the Lafayette Life Foundation; and the Gold Level sponsors are Cook Medical, The Kroger Co. ( Pay Less Super Market) & Walmart/Sam’s Club. Please join us in thanking all of our corporate donors and support them if you have the opportunity. To see a list of our 2017 Hunger Hike Sponsors (so far), click HERE.
For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org.

 


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Hunger Hike 2016 Raises $114,407


Hunger Hike Exceeds Fundraising Goal AGAIN!


Hunger HikeAt a celebration this morning, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2016 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2016 fundraising goal. For the second year in a row the amount raised exceeded $100,000 — and for the fourth consecutive year it is the highest amount ever raised. The 2016 total is $114,407 plus numerous gifts in kind.

Photos from this event may be viewed HERE.


Special thanks to Diamond Level event sponsors —

  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($7,750)
  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)

Total raised through corporate gifts is $39,665. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.


A majority of the money comes from local churches and their fundraising efforts. The top church fundraisers this year are as follows:

The top organization/group teams are as follows:

  • Purdue Computer Science ($1,286)
  • Food Finders ($1,170)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations —

Each sponsoring agency received $35,977.


The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2016 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history this year at Hunger Hike.


Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend — September 16 & 17, 2017.

More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2017 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).


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Hunger Hike Co-chairs Kick Off Fundraising


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Recently there was a special Hunger Hike kick-off event and this year’s Honorary Co-chairs were introduced.

They are Purdue coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball), Dave Shondell (women’s volleyball) & Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). Coach Sharon Versyp & Coach Dave Kucik attended and spoke passionately about Hunger Hike and how important it is to come together as a community to Fight Hunger.

They put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now and to beat last year’s Hunger Hike total of $101,000.

Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations—Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center—also offered remarks. At the end of the event, the Diamond & Gold Level event sponsors were thanked and acknowledged. The Diamond Level event sponsor is Walmart/Sam’s Club; and the Gold Level sponsors are Alcoa, Inc., Bison Financial Group, Cook Medical, and The Kroger Co. (Pay Less Super Market). Please join us in thanking all of our corporate donors and support them if you have the opportunity. To see a list of our 2016 Hunger Hike Sponsors (so far), click HERE.

See below for more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike 2016 or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org. To give to Hunger Hike, click HERE.


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{Pictured above L to R: Rob Pahl, St. Thomas Aquinas; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; Coach Sharon Versyp; Coach Dave Kucik; and Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry}


 

Letter – Bill would hurt school lunch access


Recently, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, under the leadership of Congressman Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis, released a bill reauthorizing child nutrition programs like the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and WIC.

The “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” contains numerous provisions that would roll back years of progress. Large numbers of low-income children would no longer be able to access the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning, and schools and parents would be required to cut through more red tape to enroll children.

The congressman’s bill significantly weakens the Community Eligibility Provision, which is a federal option in its second year of implementation that reduces administrative work and increases school lunch and breakfast access in high-poverty schools. This provision is popular with schools, administrators and families. It has made the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs more efficient and ensured access and participation among low-income children, which improves student achievement, health and behavior.

Thousands of schools and millions of children nationally stand to be impacted by a return of burdensome paperwork under this proposal, which will likely result in eligible children losing benefits. The bill would end the program for nearly half of the 253 Indiana schools currently participating, affecting nearly 58,000 Hoosier school children. More than 200 additional schools not yet participating but eligible under current law would lose the option to implement community eligibility in future year, including five schools in Lafayette.

We strongly urge Congressman Rokita to reconsider provisions in this bill. We do not believe that it lays out a path by which the reauthorization process can move forward through Congress and benefit the millions of children in need of help from the programs. We recognize that cost savings are being sought, but we fear that it would be at the expense of significantly reduced access to the programs, significantly increased child food insecurity, and harm to children’s nutrition and health, exacerbating the problems that the programs are designed to address.

Signed by

Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank;

Joe Micon, executive director, Lafayette Urban Ministry;

Elva A. James, executive director, Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs; 

Muff Rennick, executive director, Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana

US Bill Impacts Local School Lunch Programs


Last week the U.S. Committee on Education and the workforce approved the Child c4hf logoNutrition Reauthorization Bill (HR 5003) authored by Congressman Todd Rokita. The bill includes the following:

  • Changes to the school lunch program that if enacted could make it more difficult and, in some cases, prevent children from participating in the program even though they meet all the eligibility requirements.
  • Changes the guidelines regarding which schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) through the USDA. CEP automatically identifies students eligible for free meals without the use of household applications. Currently schools can participate in the CEP program if at least 40% of its children are already receiving specific government assistance such as Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF). The CEP program gives students the choice of whether they want to participate in the free and reduced lunch program.
  • Requires 60% of students and their families at a particular school qualify for government assistance in order to qualify for the CEP. This would affect 120 schools currently in the program in Indiana, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • Under the new provisions those schools who do not qualify for the CEP program could only notify eligible students a limited number of times, creating an additional roadblock for vulnerable families whose incomes fluctuate.
  • Creates a pilot block grant program that would give states the discretion to more freely shape free and reduced lunch programs in their state, including the tests to determine eligibility.
  • Raises the number of students on federal aid needed for schools to gain eligible students. Other provisions include reducing whole grain standard, delaying the sodium reducing target, and prohibiting schools from publicizing the Free and Reduced Lunch program on informational materials regarding lunch plans.

It is not known at this time when the full house will vote on the bill.


If you feel these provisions provide unnecessary restrictions to low-income children, please tell your legislator to “oppose it.” That’s Congressman Todd Rokita for Greater Lafayette residents (phone: 765-838-3930).


To learn more about the potentially negative affects of this bill, click HERE. To read the Letter to the Editor opposing this bill, click HERE. To learn more about how you can help your community through legislation advocacy, click HERE.


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Hunger Hike 2015 Raises $101,282


Hunger Hike Exceeds 2015 Fundraising Goal


At a HH Logocelebration this past Monday, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2015 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2015 fundraising goal. For the first time in the 50 year history of Hunger Hike — the amount raised exceeded $100,000. The total is $100,282 in cash donations plus $1,000 in donations of gift cards.

Special thanks to the Lafayette Life Foundation for our final 2015 donation of $5,000 which took us over top.

A majority of the money comes from local churches and their fundraising efforts. The top church fundraisers this year were as follows:


Hunger Hike was also blessed with donations from many local companies. The top event sponsor donations this year were as follows:


On hand for the celebration were two of the Hunger Hike honorary co-chairs —

  • Coach Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s 2016-01-04 Hunger Hike Celebration 052 borderBasketball and
  • Coach David Kucik, Purdue Crew {pictured above};
  • representatives for the City of Lafayette, St. Tom’s, Good Shepherd;
  • as well as event sponsors:
    • Steven Wien, Bison Financial Group &
    • Kelli Luttrell, Alcoa {pictured right}.

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations —


Hunger Hike 2015 raised a grand total of $101,282

($1,000 in gift cards), with each organization receiving $33,760.


The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2015 will have a tremendous & immedi2016-01-04 Hunger Hike Celebration 050 borderate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history this year at Hunger Hike.


Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend — September 17 & 18, 2016. More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2016 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

If you wish to make an individual donation to Hunger Hike, click HERE.


More photos from the recent Hunger Hike celebration may be found HERE.


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Hunger Hike Fundraising is in Full Swing


Fundraising is in full swing for Hunger Hike 2015

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Hunger Hike 2015 is about a month away but funds are starting to trickle in. Several local Corporations have already made donations; and a Solicitation Letter has recently been put in the US mail to individual Hunger Hike supporters. (See above — the Hunger Hike team worked diligently to get this mailer put together and in the mail.) Special thanks to Instant Copy (Lafayette) for donating all of the printing.

You can even give to Hunger Hike at all of your favorite local Subway restaurants — that all have collection boxes set up for their customers (like you) to donate to Hunger Hike. Oh — and there’s one at Jane’s Deli too.


Have YOU started fundraising for Hunger Hike yet?

To reach our goal of $100,000 — we really need YOUR participation. Here is how you can 2015-08-19 2015-08-19 001 002 (2)get started in the Fight Against Hunger with Hunger Hike 2015.


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Essential Information


HH logo (1)Hunger Hike is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hungerlocally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike benefits the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. &
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.


HH5K Run
Saturday, September 19

  • 8 a.m. check-in; 9 a.m. Run
  • Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • Parking: White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Avenue
  • $30 per person, includes T-Shirt
  • Register HERE

Hunger Hike 3K Walk
Sunday, September 20

  • Noon check-in; 1:15 p.m. Kick off starts; 1:45 p.m. welcome remarks;
    2 p.m. Hike begins
  • Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette
  • Donate $50 or more & receive a Hunger Hike T-Shirt
  • Hot Dogs, chips, drinks, face painting, Zumba and more
  • Register HERE

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Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for team or group — like a church group, student organization, organization or your entire family. Form a Hunger Hike team and start raising money for Hunger Hike using our online fundraising site — or any way you choose.

We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger at Hunger Hike 2015.


If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike event sponsor. If interested, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


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HH5K Run 2015 — Race to Feed the Hungry


5K logoThis year Hunger Hike 2015 offers an opportunity for runners to also be a part of the fight against hunger — the HH5K Run — on Saturday, September 19th, one day prior to Hunger Hike (traditional 3K Walk). The HH5K Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger!

The annual HH5K Run will convene at White Horse Christian Center (1780 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette) with start/finish in the Celery Bog Nature Area. The 5K route allows participants to run while a scenic route through West Lafayette in early autumn.


Advanced Registration is encouraged but race day walk-ups are welcome.


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All HH5K Run proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Be a part of the Hunger Hike 5K Run and Race to Feed the Hungry. For more information, route map & online registration form, click HERE.

 

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk – Registration


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Step 1: Begin your Turkey Trot 5K Registration — PRINT registration FORM, FILL it out, BRING it to the Run (Click HERE to view Form)

Step 2: Confirm your Turkey Trot 5K Registration with your Payment.
Pay online -or- Pay by mail -or- Pay in person. To begin your payment process for Turkey Trot 5K, click HERE.

Walk up Registrations are welcome


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