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You’re Invited – LUM Food Pantry Grand Reopening


Community Leaders Help “Cut” the Ribbon



You are cordially invited to attend the GRAND REOPENING of the LUM Protein Food Pantry to a better location. This new location gives the food pantry more space and a more central location. It will continue to feature proteins, produce & paper products for local individuals and families-in-need in Tippecanoe County.


Grand Reopening – Thursday

July 15 | 9:30 a.m. | St. John’s Episcopal Church | FREE


  • Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6th Street between North & Ferry Streets at the Red Door under the Green Awning
  • Grand Opening includes…
    • Remarks – LUM, St. John’s & local officials
    • Ribbon Cutting
    • FREE Donuts, Coffee and Bottled Water

Please join us for this historic and joyful GRAND REOPENING. For more information about the LUM Protein Food Pantry, see below, click HERE or email foodpantry@lumserve.org.


Individuals can help the new LUM Protein 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Reopening – LUM Protein Food Pantry – THIS Thursday, July 15, 2021

Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce the Grand Reopening of the LUM Protein Food Pantry. The LUM downtown food pantry has moved to a new location — St. John’s Episcopal Church on 6th Street between Ferry & North Streets. The details of the Grand Reopening are as follows:

  • Grand Reopening – LUM Protein Food Pantry
  • Date – THIS Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • Time – 9:30 a.m. 
  • Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church on 6th Street between Ferry & North Street, Lafayette, IN; enter the Red Door under the Green Awning
  • Refreshments – Free donuts, coffee & bottled water

The LUM Protein Food Pantry opened in April 2019 as a “pop up” pantry in the LUM Ray Ewry Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN. This food pantry is managed and run by LUM, and is focused on providing protein-rich food items (meats, fish, peanut butter & beans), fresh produce, and paper & hygiene products. The move to this new location was made possible by St. John’s Episcopal Church, a LUM member church, who offered this space to LUM at no charge. Additionally, St. John’s Episcopal Church recently purchased a new refrigerator for use in the LUM food pantry. 

The LUM Protein Food Pantry complements the LUM Westside Food Pantry, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County in West Lafayette (the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette). The LUM Westside Food Pantry (West Lafayette) is open on Friday mornings, and the LUM Protein Food Pantry (Lafayette) is open on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Both LUM food pantries are open to all residents of Tippecanoe County.

Individuals can help the new LUM Protein Food Pantry in four ways:

  • Food Drive – Sponsor a food drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Extra Credit – Make it a MONTHLY food drive
  • Donate – Make a monetary donation or Donate “needed items
  • Volunteer Sign up to volunteer at one of the LUM food pantries
  • Promote – Tell your friends, family, and members of your church, group, business or organizations

Future plans include expanding the days of operation at both sites. For more information go to lumserve.org/food-pantry or email foodpantry@lumserve.org. Representatives from Lafayette Urban Ministry and St. John’s Episcopal Church will be available for interviews.

More information:

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an organization of more than 45 churches that serves as a social safety net for individuals, children and families in Tippecanoe County. For over 48 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to our neighbors in need. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the individuals, children and families in our community. Loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the social ministry through food programs, financial assistance, youth programs, immigration services and emergency shelter.

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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.

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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LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grants


Twin Cities Recommend $21,290 to LUM

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Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM will be awarded $14,846 from Lafayette and $6,444 from West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.

Picture1CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our homeless clients.

Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on these grants.


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Emergency Shelter


West Lafayette Recommends Grant for LUM

LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grant

Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for a Community Development Block Grant from the City of West Lafayette (IN). LUM has been recommended to receive $7,217 to support the work of the LUM Emergency Shelter.

CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support the LUM homeless guests. Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on this grant.


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Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grants


Cities Recommend Community Development Grants

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Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM has been recommended to receive $17,590 to support the work of the LUM Emergency Shelter ($6,340 from West Lafayette and $11,250 from Lafayette).

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Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on these grants.

CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our homeless clients.


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Emergency Shelter


LUM Board & Staff Condemn Hate & Racism


Lafayette Urban Ministry Condemns Hate Banners,
Supports Unitarian Universalist Church Congregation
in West Lafayette

The 46 member-church board and 25 member staff of the Lafayette Urban Ministry condemn, in the strongest terms, the hate banners found at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County in West Lafayette yesterday morning.

We deplore the ideology behind them and the hatred manifest in them. White supremacy must find no sanction or shelter in our community.

We grieve that this incident is the latest in a growing number of racist actions in our community, including desks arranged into a swastika at an Honors College learning space at Purdue, White Nationalist posters spread across campus, confederate flags paraded around our community in pickup truck convoys and Klan recruitment posters distributed in downtown Lafayette.

We also give thanks for the moral witness given by the members and leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and support their right to congregate in peace without fear and intimidation and to speak out for civil rights, racial, economic and environmental justice for all members of our community, state and nation.

Finally, we commend West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis for quickly and proactively speaking out against the hatred visited upon the Unitarian Universalist Church and our entire community. We call upon all of our community’s university, government and church leaders to strongly, and in no uncertain terms, denounce racism and white supremacy.


But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Amos 5:24, NRSV


LUM Shelter Awarded $17K+ in Grants


bilde (2)Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been awarded two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM was awarded $11,250 from Lafayette and $6,240 from West Lafayettetotaling $17,490.

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CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be available on July 1 and will be used to support homeless services and programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Thanks to the Cities of Lafayette & West Lafayette for their continued support of LUM’s services & programs for the homeless.


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Emergency Shelter


LUM Shelter to Benefit from CDBG Grants


bilde (2)Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been awarded two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM was awarded $15,000 from Lafayette and $6,800 from West Lafayette — totaling $21,800.

Picture1CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our homeless clients.

Thanks to Gina Williams, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for her work on these grants.


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Emergency Shelter


LUM Tax Assistance Program — Results So Far


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With less than two weeks left to file income tax, LUM executive director, Joe Micon has some exciting statistics to share with the community. Watch this short video blog to learn more:



LUM offers Tax Assistance until April 11, 2013. To make an appointment call 765.423.2691. For more information about the LUM Tax Assistance Program, click HERE.


Local news coverage of the LUM Tax Assistance Program:



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