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Hunger Hike 2018 – Beautiful Weekend for a Hike


Fighting Hunger with Our Hearts & Soles!


Hunger Hike participants gathered this past Sunday to to raise awareness and funds for food programs locally, regionally & globally — through the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas.

The weather was perfect — and the “hike” along the Wabash River was pleasant and picturesque. The Kick-off event was highlighted by an inspiring keynote from Race Johnson, Purdue Football alumnus as well as remarks from our two Honorary Co-chairsDave Kucik, Purdue Crew & Rowing coach, and Nadine Morgan (for Sharon Versyp), Purdue Women’s Basketball coach. Remarks were also offered by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette City Council President Peter Bunder, Tippecanoe County Council President Tom Murtaugh and by Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, St. Thomas Aquinas Center; and Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. — our sponsoring organizations.

It began with the crowd cheering with the Purdue Cheerleaders & Purdue Pete and participating in Zumba with Miss Brooke & Kasie from Studio b Dance & Fitness. The US National Anthem was then sung by Jay Alan, Harrison High School senior and YouTube sensation. Throughout the entire event, there was live music by DJ Powder of Rat Pak Mobile DJsface-painting & balloon animals from the Unlimited Smiles Clown Ministry, massages by Lee Anne Akers of Essential Touch Massage, and Voter Registration.

After a blessing from Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, the “hikers” were led by Purdue Pete, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Crew Team and Purdue Women’s Basketball Team up the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge and along the Wabash Heritage Trail. Hunger Hike concluded with a Celebration Picnic with hot dogs, chips & bottled water (courtesy of Texas Roadhouse, Sam’s Club & Aqua Systems).

Hunger Hike for the 26th straight year was successful in bringing much needed attention & funds to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — locally, regionally & globally.

Thanks to all who participated, raised funds, volunteered and donated.


Hunger Hike 2018 – QUICK LINKS:

  • Photos – Hunger Hike 5K Run
  • Photos – HH5K Run – Runners
  • Photos – Hunger Hike Kick-off event & 3K Walk
  • Results – HH5K Run by Category
  • Results – HH5K Run Overall

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Hunger Hike is Only 3 Months Away – Why Wait?

Hunger Hike is only a short three months away.

Why not get started NOW?

Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally.


HH5K Run 

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 9 a.m. – run starts
  • Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette

Hunger Hike (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk)

  • Sunday, September 16
  • 2 p.m. – hike starts
  • Riehle Plaza, Lafayette

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


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

Donate Online | Online Fundraising Site | HH5K Run Registration |


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


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 2017 – 25 Years Celebrated


Beautiful Day – Lively Crowd – Important Cause


Hunger Hike participants gathered this past Sunday to to raise awareness and raise funds for food programs locally, regionally & globally — through the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders and the Haiti Ministry at St. Tom’s.

This year was extra special because Hunger Hike 2017 is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. To help us celebrate, remarks and well wishes were offered by State Senator Ron Alting, State Representative Sheila Klinker, State Representative Sally Siegrist, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, Tippecanoe Superior Court Judges Steve Meyer & Sean Persin as well as representatives from our sponsoring organizations — Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, St. Thomas Aquinas Center and Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

Before it all began the crowd was treated to Zumba with Brooke & Kasie from Studio b Dance & Fitness and the National Anthem sung by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker & her daughter, Kelly Jacobs, director of music for the Cathedral of St. Mary. Throughout the entire event , there was live music by Rat Pak Mobile DJs, face-painting & balloon animals from the Unlimited Smiles Clown Ministry, and massages from Lee Anne Akers of Essential Touch Massage. Although Honorary Co-chair Dave Kucik, Purdue Crew coach, was not able to join us this year, Jason Mitchell, the assistant coach, and the entire team were in attendance.

The Honorary Co-chair Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s Basketball coach, fired up the crowd before they set off on the 3K hike for hunger. Purdue Pete, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Crew Team and Purdue Women’s Basketball Team led the hikers up the John T. Myers Bridge and on the Wabash Heritage Trail along the Wabash River. Hunger Hike concluded with a Celebration Picnic with hot dogs, chips & bottled water for all participants (courtesy of Texas RoadhouseFrito Lay & Aqua Systems).

Hunger Hike once again successfully brought much needed attention & funds to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger.


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Runners Needed To Fight Hunger – HH5K Run


Be a part of the annual Hunger Hike 5K Run
Race to Feed the Hungry

| HH5K Run | Saturday, September 16 | Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |


Hunger Hike also offers an opportunity for runners to be a part of the fight against hunger — the HH5K Run — 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!


Register Today, click HERE

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The HH5K Run will convene in Celery Bog Nature Area. The course is mostly flat and paved and allows participants to run on a scenic route through West Lafayette including the Celery Bog in early autumn.

Advanced Registration (only $30) is encouraged. The purpose of the HH5K Run is to use physical exercise to draw attention to and provide funds for “Feeding the Hungry.” All HH5K 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. It’s an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while enjoying a serious 5K event.


For more information and to view the HH5K Run route map, click HERE.


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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}


 

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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10 Facts about Hunger in Haiti


HUNGER HIKE – Did you know?


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Here are ten facts about hunger in Haiti, the poorest country in the northern hemisphere.

  1. Two and a half million Haitians live in extreme poverty. Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere.
  2. Two out of three Haitians live on less than US$2 per day.
  3. Ten percent of the richest Haitians possess 70 percent of the country’s total income.
  4. Fifty percent of urban Haitians are unemployed.
  5. Shocks induced by climate change threaten over 500,000 Haitians every year.
  6. Although agriculture is an important sector of Haiti’s economy, the country fails to produce enough food, and imports more than 50 percent for its population’s needs. It imports 80 percent of its main staple: rice.
  7. Ninety percent of farmers depend on rain for their harvest as only ten percent of the crops are irrigated.
  8. One-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, while one in three children is stunted, or irreversibly short for their age.
  9. Less than 50 percent of households have access to safe water and only 25 percent benefit from adequate sanitation.
  10. One-third of Haitian women and children are anemic.

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Hunger Hike is an annual Fall community fundraising weekend which includes the traditional 3K Walk on Sunday as well as a 5K run on Saturday. This year Hunger Hike is Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2015.

All Hunger Hike 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’ Haiti Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Hunger Hike 2015 gives companies, organizations, families & individuals many ways to be a part of a community event with a tremendous positive impact on “Fighting Hunger.”


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hungerhike@lumserve.org
www.hungerhike.org
765.423.2691


This list was prepared and originally posted on January 12, 2015 by The World Food Programme (WFP). Please share these facts to raise awareness.