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Hunger Hike Needs Your Support


Dear Friend,

On September 16, we will be joining hundreds of participants in the annual Hunger Hike at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette, and we need your help to make our efforts matter!

About a quarter of all residents of Tippecanoe County are at risk of going hungry, but they are not eligible for federal food assistance. What that means is that they have to turn to food pantries and feeding programs run by local nonprofits, civic groups and churches in order to get enough to eat.

Unfortunately, the problem among households with children is even more serious. Too many children in our community are missing out on the nutrition they need for their healthy growth and development. This is especially unacceptable when there are solutions to ending hunger in our community now.

Hunger Hike is one of those solutions.

Hunger Hike is our community’s oldest and most well respected fundraising walk, dating back to the early 1970’s. Last year more than 1,100 people participated in the event. Over the years, more than $1.6 million dollars have been raised, providing vital funding to the feeding programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. In addition, Hunger Hike also helps to fund efforts by St. Thomas Aquinas Center to purify water and safely preserve agricultural commodities in the fight against hunger in Haiti.

We are grateful that you have been a generous supporter of Hunger Hike in the past and hope that you will continue that support again this year. First and foremost, please circle the following dates on your calendar…

Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event
Sunday, September 16; 2 p.m. – 3K walk; Noon – check in
Riehle Plaza & Wabash Heritage Trail, Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, go to hungerhike.org

Hunger Hike 5K Run
Saturday, September 15; 9 a.m. – 5K run; 8 a.m. – Check in
Celery Bog Nature Area, Cattail Trail, West Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, go to hungerhike.org

We also hope that you will join us in making a generous financial gift to Hunger Hike, right now, prior to the event.

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help us to meet our $115,000 fundraising goal and allow our three sponsoring organizations to feed hungry children and strengthen families who are experiencing food insecurity.

We hope you will contribute generously to Hunger Hike again this year.

  • Run a little faster
  • Walk a little farther
  • Dig a little deeper

Join us on the front lines in the fight against hunger.

Please, can we hear from you as soon as possible? Make out your check to “Hunger Hike” and place it in the enclosed envelope – or give online at hungerhike.org/donate.

Gratefully,


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Hunger Hike 2018 – Get Started TODAY – www.hungerhike.org


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 2018 — Mark Your Calendars


Make This the Year that YOU Fight Hunger!


Hunger Hike
is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger —  locally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger! The details of the Hunger Hike events are as follows:

Hunger Hike 3K Walk

  • Date: Sunday, September 16
  • Time: Noon – check-in; 2 p.m. – Hunger Hike 3K Walk starts
  • Place: Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette

HH5K Run

  • Date: Saturday, September 15
  • Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. check-in; 9:00 a.m. run starts
  • Place: Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • Registration Cost: $30 includes T-Shirt

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

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’ Haitian Ministry. This is YOUR opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while engaging in a meaningful and fun community event.


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

| Donate Online | Hunger Hike—Online Fundraising | HH5K Run Registration |


If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor. For more information on how to become 2018 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


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Hunger Hike 2017 – Raises Over $110,000


Second Year in a Row – Funds Exceed $110,000

At a celebration this week, it was announced that the 25th annual Hunger Hike reached its goal. For the second year in a row Hunger Hike has raised over $110,000 — and for the third year, over $100,000.

The 2017 Hunger Hike total is $110,083 plus numerous gifts in kind. Each sponsoring agency received $36,694.

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations: Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry. All major donors and event sponsors were also recognized.


 


A majority of the money comes from local churches ($58,498). The top six CHURCH fundraisers:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas ($36,932)
  • Bethany Presbyterian ($3,384)
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd ($3,366)
  • St. Andrew United Methodist ($2,235)
  • Central Presbyterian ($1,155)
  • St. John’s Episcopal ($1,125)

The top six INDIVIDUAL fundraisers:

  • Rob Pahl ($8,340)
  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP ($7,551)
  • Jane & Duane Sellers ($7,280)
  • Michael Lockwood ($4,250)
  • John Ginda ($2,705)
  • The Eros Family ($1,770)

The top organization/group TEAMS:

  • Purdue English Department Poets & Critics ($2,475)
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. ($1,060)
  • Purdue Boxing Club ($990)
  • Purdue Crew ($550)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)
  • Alpha Gamma Delta – Beta Xi Chapter at Purdue ($275)

Special thanks to DIAMOND Level event sponsors:

  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($5,500)

Total Hunger Hike corporate gifts totaled $30,488. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.



The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2017 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history again this year at Hunger Hike.


Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend
— September 15 & 16, 2018 —


More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.
If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2018 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).


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Be a Hunger Hike HERO


hungerhike_HEROEveryone is encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO.

Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who participate in both the HH5K Run on Saturday, September 16 and the Hunger Hike traditional 3K Walk on Sunday, September 17 and raise at least $50.

If you participate in both events on Hunger Hike weekend and raise at least $50 — you will not only get two T-shirts — you will also be recognized as a Hunger Hike HERO.

Take the challenge—Run, Hike, Raise money to Fight Hunger — and become a Hunger Hike HERO!


For more information on Hunger Hike 2017, please visit and explore our new website at www.hungerhike.org.


More information:

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 16 & Sunday, September  17, 2017.

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 Center’s Haitian Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project. Since early 1990s Lafayette Urban Ministry, St. Thomas Aquinas Center and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. have been organizing a walk to support food programs locally, regionally and globally. Formerly known as the Crop Walk, it was officially renamed Hunger Hike in 1992.

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

Pumpkin Patch Benefits Hunger Hike


Volunteer & Raise Money for Hunger Hike 2017

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Congress Street United Methodist Church has selected HUNGER HIKE as one of the benefactors of their annual Great Pumpkin Patch. This partnership includes Hunger Hike providing volunteers (3 hour shifts) to work at the 14th annual  Great Pumpkin Patch — as well as bake and ice cookies (2 – 2.5 hour shifts).


If you’re willing to either help with the Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 6 – 31) or with the Cookies (NOW thru Oct. 20) — here’s what you do:

  1. pumpkinpatch3Sign up — Pumpkin Patch, click HERE; Cookie Baking, click HERE; Cookie Icing,
    click HERE
  2. Enter “Hunger Hike” in the Comments section
  3. SUBMIT, Volunteer & have fun

Please sign up online TODAY — and volunteer, have fun, sell pumpkins, bake cookies, ice cookies and help Hunger Hike achieve its goal of $115,000.


Need some pumpkins? Please consider visiting the Great Pumpkin Patch of the Congress Street United Methodist Church. Each purchase you make supports Hunger Hike.

The Great Pumpkin Patch is open October 6-31 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. — rain or shine — across the street from Tropicanoe Cove & Loeb Stadium. In addition to pumpkins, you’ll also find a unique variety of gourds — plus their famous homemade sugar cookies (pictured below), homemade breads, candies, crafts & much more!

Since 2004 Congress Street United Methodist Church has grown in its Great Pumpkin Patch outreach — you must check it out. Remember ALL proceeds from pumpkin sales go to three local non-profit agencies — including Hunger Hike.

So please head out to the Great Pumpkin Patch, get in the Halloween spirit and support Hunger Hike.

 

 

Countdown to Hunger Hike


Get Started Today — Go to www.hungerhike.org

Hunger Hike is only 5 weeks 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.

It would also be very helpful if you would spread the word and encourage your members to participate. A lot of promotional materials are available on the Hunger Hike website, including fliers, bulletin inserts, poster, postcards, logos and an article for your newsletter and bulletin. Click HERE to get all of the Hunger Hike promo goodies.


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


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 relies on dozens of volunteers for the Hunger Hike and the HH5K Run. Needs are as follows:

For more information or to sign up, go to ww.hungerhike.org/volunteer


HH5K Run — Saturday, September 16
  • 9 a.m. – Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • (Parking at White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Avenue)

Hunger Hike 3K Walk — Sunday, September 17

  • 2 p.m. – Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette

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Hunger Hike 2017 – Sunday, September 17


Get a Head Start on Hunger Hike Fundraising


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


HH5K Run — Saturday, September 16

  • 9 a.m. – Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • (Parking at White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Avenue)

Hunger Hike 3K Walk — Sunday, September 17

  • 2 p.m. – Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette
  • Noon — Check in, Zumba & more

Register Today for Hunger Hike


Get a head start in the hike & run to combat hunger. Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.

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

If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor.

To become 2017 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.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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Meet Our 2016 Hunger Hike Heroes


hungerhike_HEROEveryone was encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO — and several stepped up to the challenge. Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who participated in both the HH5K Run on Saturday & the Hunger Hike 3K Walk on Sunday — and raised at least $50.

This year the Hunger Hike Heroes who stepped up to the challenge to run, hike and raise money to Fight Hunger are as follows:

  • Hilary Cooke
  • Jeremiah Dole
  • Lindsay Harris
  • Joe Kepner
  • Joe Micon
  • Patti O’Callaghan

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