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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.

Food Pantries – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this fall & winter. The pandemic and the cost of food & fuel are impacting local families as well as food banks. Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

  • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. Learn more.
  • HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

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.

LUM is “Tackling Basic FOOD Needs” Yearlong


The work of LUM includes providing food assistance, meals and nutrition programs that are “tackling basic FOOD needs and uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette.” Three LUM programs are spotlighted below.

Please read more below and consider getting engaged or investing in LUM food initiatives.


#1 – Hunger Hike – Raising Awareness & Funds

Hunger Hike 2022 had a big turnout and a big impact. For 30 yearsHunger Hike has brought much needed attention and raised more than $2.2 million to overcome malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger locally, regionally & globally. So far this year, more than $115,332 has been raised, surpassing the goal of $100,000. If you missed the event — no worries, you may still donate.

All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit and support the good work of three local agencies — Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

Thank you to all of our passionate participants & generous sponsors for another lively outdoor event. To make a donation, go to HungerHike.org.

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#2 – Community Thanksgiving – All Are Welcome

LUM is currently planning a holiday feast for more than 800 guests on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24) from Noon to 2 p.m. The 36th annual LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is FREE and includes a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, dressing, rolls, vegetables, and a variety of pies & desserts.

This year will be a community event with music, food and good company. To-go meals will also be available.

Monetary gifts are appreciated to help defray the $9,000 expense for the meal. Volunteers and donations of food & supplies are needed. To donate and/or volunteer, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving.

Home | Volunteer | Donate $ | Donate Food & Supplies | Event Sponsors |


#3 – LUM Food Pantries on Both Sides of the River

LUM runs two Food Pantries — one in Downtown Lafayette and the other in West Lafayette. The LUM Food Pantries need your support this fall to continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items, especially as the holidays approach and utility bills increase.

Times are tough. Client needs are greater. Food banks are impacted by the supply chain and unable to provide the food that is needed. The cost for LUM to purchase additional items has increased.

Monetary donations to the LUM Food Pantries are ideal because they allows LUM to use the money where it is needed the most. If you are looking for other ways to help —consider volunteering, donating needed items, and/or hosting a collection drive. Consider including a donation to LUM at your holiday event in lieu of a gift exchange. To learn more and get started, go to LUMserve.org/food-pantry.


Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

  • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
  • GIVING GARDENERS – If you wish to donate fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from your garden, simply drop off your items when the LUM Food Pantries are open (Thursday & Friday mornings). Learn more.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. Learn more.
  • HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Homeless Services – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Every Night – 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Volunteer | Donate Provide Meals | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive |


Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness? Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Homeless Services will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness during this difficult time. Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM guests, click HERE

Your financial generosity is not only an act of hospitality toward those with no home of their own, it is also an investment in the health and safety of the greater community. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Jeffrey Auguste (jauguste@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Food Pantries – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon
Donate | Needed Items | Host a Collection Drive | Volunteer | 


The LUM Food Pantries (Downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN) need your support this fall & winter. The pandemic and the cost of food & fuel are impacting local families as well as food banks. Here are a few ways YOU can help LUM continue to meet the growing demand for basic food, paper products and personal hygiene items. 

  • DONATIONS – Monetary donations are ideal because the money will be used where it is needed the most.
  • GIVING GARDENERS – If you wish to donate fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit from your garden, simply drop off your items when the LUM Food Pantries are open (Thursday & Friday mornings). Learn more.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Families need paper products, cleaning supplies, infant products and personal hygiene items. Purchase the needed items and drop off or shop online and have items shipped. Plus, if you use Amazon Smile, LUM will get 0.5% of your eligible purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com, select “Lafayette Urban Ministry,” and order needed items. Learn more.
  • HOST A DRIVE – Coordinate a “drive” for the LUM Food Pantries at your church, organization or business — or at your next event, like a birthday party or business meeting/social. Check the LUM Wish List and keep it simple. For example, sponsor a Toilet Paper Drive for all programs, Socks Drive for the Emergency Shelter, or Snacks Drive for the After School Program. Learn more.

More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Fall Engagement Opportunities


Thursday, November 24 – Noon – Thanksgiving Day
Volunteer | Donate | Needed Food & Supplies | Host a Collection Drive |


The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast is a true community event, where everyone is welcome on Thanksgiving Day (11/24) for a FREE holiday feast. LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community. More than 800 meals will be served. Here are a three ways YOU can help the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast:

  • DONATE – Monetary donations are ideal because it gives LUM the ability to use the money where it is needed the most. To donate, click HERE.
  • NEEDED ITEMS – Donate food items, prepared food, and/or supplies. To donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – To sign up to volunteer, click HERE

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/thanksgiving. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


More – LUM Fall Engagement Opportunities

FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

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 Summer of Service – LUM Camp 2022


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand.

The ultimate LUM “Summer of Service” opportunity is being a LUM Camp Counselor. A few more counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).


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Delta Delta Delta Sorority Gives to LUM


Purdue Tri-Delta at Donates “Needed Items” to LUM

The members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue recently donated a truckload of paper products to LUM. Polly Magee, house director, delivered the paper products to LUM on behalf of the sorority (pictured).

These items will be used primarily at events like the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast and Turkey Trot 5K Run, both scheduled for Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24.

LUM is grateful to have the support of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Thanks again to the members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed items.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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