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St. Thomas Aquinas Donates $8,000 to LUM

Gift to Support Local Families with Food Needs

The pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas – The Catholic Center at PurdueFr. Tom McDermott, OP, recently presented a check for $8,000 to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director to support LUM food programs including the new LUM Westside Food Pantry (located only blocks away from St. Tom’s).

Fr. Tom shared that St. Tom’s parishioners have been very generous during the pandemic and the parish council decided that LUM would be able to distribute these funds more rapidly to support local families in need. This gift will have an immediate positive impact on families needing nutritious food items as well as providing healthy meals and snacks for the children in the LUM summer youth programs.

Join us in thanking Fr. Tom and all of the St. Tom’s parishioners for their unwavering support of LUM over the past four decades. If you or our group would like to make a monetary donation, sponsor a food drive, or donate needed items, please give online or check the LUM WISH LIST of needed items.

Gift from the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club


Needed Items Donated from Local 4-H Club

Sarah & Greg Willoughby

The members of the Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club recently collected needed items for the guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter. In addition to much need items (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, facial tissues, shampoo, comb, body wash, disposable razor, lip balm & socks), each packet included a handwritten note of love and encouragement.

Greg Willoughby delivered a truckload of items to LUM with his daughter and 10-year 4-H member, Sarah Willoughby. Thank you to Greg and all of the members of Tippe Town & Country 4-H Club for this thoughtful gift.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” 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)
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner

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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Be A Volunteer LUM Camp Counselor


Experience the Best Week of Your Summer

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31. 

Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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Purdue Alpha Xi Delta Donates to LUM


Food & Monetary Gift from Purdue Students

The members of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternal organization at Purdue University recently collected money and food items for the new LUM Westside Food Pantry.

Alyssa Nettles, Alpha Xi Delta philanthropy vice president, delivered the check and food items to LUM and presented them to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). Thank you to Alyssa and all of the members of Purdue Alpha Xi Delta for this thoughtful gift.

If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” 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 Wipes; 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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LUM Westside Pantry – Grand Opening Recap


Community Leaders Help “Cut” the Ribbon


The new LUM Westside Food Pantry opened last Friday morning with a “grand celebration.” Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, hosted the Grand Opening which featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and a blessing by Bishop Timothy Doherty, Rabbi Karen Fanwick, Pastor Rosemary Morrison, Pastor Brandon Smith & Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke.

Remarks were offered by West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and State Representative Sheila Klinker, who presented LUM with a Proclamation from the State Legislature. In addition to Wes Tillett, Mayor Dennis & Representative Klinker, Lisa Dullum (Tippecanoe County Council); Peter Bunder, Kathy Parker, David Sanders & Gerald Thomas (West Lafayette City Council); Katy Bunder & Kier Crites (Food Finders Food Bank); and Cheryl Fowler (LUM Board of Directors) assisted with the ribbon cutting (pictured above). At 10 a.m., clients were welcomed into the food pantry to receive fresh fruit & vegetables, paper supplies, frozen chicken and a variety of other food staples. {To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.}

This new food pantry serves all residents of Tippecanoe County and is a partnership between LUM and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County with the support of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. 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.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Opening and helped us celebrate the new LUM Westside Food Pantry.


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

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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.

Be A Volunteer LUM Camp Counselor


Experience the Best Week of Your Summer

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. 

Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 31. 

Make this the year that YOU make a difference in the lives of local children. To learn more about becoming a LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor, click HERE.

Please share with others


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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