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Has HUNGER HIKE Reached the Goal? Not Yet!


4 Ways You Can Still Help – Reach $115,000 Goal


Each year at this time about 85% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. So it’s important that you still raise funds and give generously.

Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach its goal:

  1. Make a Donation NOW, HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or TeamHERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. Purchase Hunger Hike T-shirts – $10 | 2 for $15 | 6 for $30 – To get yours, please email hungerhike@lumserve.org. While supplies last.
  4. If you have a First Giving page or team — send it out again to all of your contacts asking for more donations, HERE

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Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

September 18, 2018 – Hunger Hike 2018 – Beautiful Weekend for a Hike

September 10, 2018 – Hunger Hike is THIS Sunday — Join the Cause

September 4, 2018 – Hunger Hike 2018 Teams Up with Purdue Coaches

August 14, 2018 – Hunger Hike – Fighting Hunger with Heart & Sole

  • Hunger Hike 2018 Needs YOUR Support – Letter from Joe Micon

Hunger Hike in the News:


Archive of eNewsletters & LUM in the News

2017 – News Archive


Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

December 15, 2017 – Second Year Hunger Hike Tops $110,000

  • Hunger Hike 2017 Raises $110,083

October 21, 2017 – Hunger Hike – Dining for $$ – TODAY – ALL DAY

  • Panda Express

October 18, 2017 –  Hunger Hike – Dining for $$ – THIS SATURDAY

  • Panda Express

October 3, 2017 – Hunger Hike – Dining for $$

  • TOMORROW – Get Your Burrito at Chipotle

September 26, 2017 – Hunger Hike – Dining for $$

  • THIS Thursday – Get Your Stir Fry at HuHOT
  • NEXT Wednesday – Get Your Burrito at CHIPOTLE
  • More – Dine Out for Hunger Hike – Dates
  • Volunteer at the Great Pumpkin Patch
  • Hunger Hike – Make a Difference TODAY

September 22, 2017 – Hunger Hike – Dining for $$

  • TOMORROW – Get Your Fro-yo at RED MANGO
  • THURSDAY – Get Your Stir Fry at HuHOT
  • More – Dine Out for Hunger Hike – Dates
  • Volunteer at the Great Pumpkin Patch
  • Hunger Hike – Make a Difference TODAY

September 19, 2017 – THIS WEEK – Hunger Hike – Dining for $$

  • THIS Thursday – Dine at Texas Roadhouse
  • THIS Saturday – Get Your Fro-yo at RED MANGO
  • More – Dine Out for Hunger Hike – Dates
  • Volunteer at the Great Pumpkin Patch
  • Hunger Hike – Make a Difference TODAY

September 15, 2017 – Hunger Hike 25 is THIS WEEKEND

  • Hunger Hike 25 Weekend Schedule
  • Hunger Hike – Make a Difference TODAY
  • More Ways to Support HUNGER HIKE 2017
  • Volunteer at the Great Pumpkin Patch

September 8, 2017 – Hunger Hike Countdown = 9 Days

  • Runners Needed – To Fight Hunger – HH5K Run
  • More Ways to Support HUNGER HIKE 2017
  • Dine Out for Hunger Hike – Save the Dates
  • Hunger Hike – Start Fundraising Today

August 23, 2017 – Media Event TOMORROW (8/24, 10:50 a.m.)

  • Hunger Hike Celebrates 25th Anniversary & Purdue Coaches are On Board to Fight Hunger
  • More Hunger Hike Information

August 21, 2017 – Hunger Hike 2017 – Get Started Today

  • Needed: Hikers, Walkers, Runner & Teams
  • 7 Things You Can Do NOW to Help
  • Hunger Hike’s Sponsoring Organizations

August 11, 2017 – Countdown to Hunger Hike


July 14, 2017 – Hunger Hike 2017 – Sunday, September 17


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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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Has HUNGER HIKE Reached the Goal? Not Yet!


4 Ways You Can Still Help – Reach $115,000 Goal

Each year at this time about 85% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. So it’s important that you still raise funds and give generously.

Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach its goal:

  1. Make a Donation NOW, HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or TeamHERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. Attend the Dine for $$ Fundraising Night at Texas Roadhouse (Lafayette) on Tuesday, September 25, view coupon sheet HERE.
  4. If you have a First Giving page or team — send it out again to all of your contacts asking for more donations, HERE

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Dine at Texas Roadhouse for Hunger Hike


THIS Tuesday – 20% Donated to Hunger Hike

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Support Hunger Hike while you enjoy your meal at Texas Roadhouse . P resent the coupon to your server when you order and Texas Roadhouse will donate 20%  of your purchase to Hunger Hike.

Here’s how it works…

  1. Print the Hunger Hike “Coupon”
  2. Bring invitation to Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette, on Tuesday, September 25 from 4 to 10 p.m.
  3. Give “Coupon” to your server
  4. Hunger Hike gets 20% of your food sales — so, eat up!

Here are the Hunger Hike Fundraising Night details:

  • Hunger Hike Fundraising Night at Texas Roadhouse
  • Date: THIS Tuesday, September 25
  • Time: 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Place: Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette

Please share this with others. THANK YOU. 


The Texas Roadhouse Story


It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana.  Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price.

We like to brag about our Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made-From-Scratch Sides, and Fresh-Baked Bread. Everything we do goes into making our hearty meals stand out. We handcraft almost everything we serve. We provide larger portions so you get more food for your dollar. And if you want an Ice Cold Beer or Legendary Margarita to wash it all down — well, we have those, too.

Our food’s not the only thing that’s Legendary at the Roadhouse — our fun is too! From our line dancers to our jukebox to our friendly servers, you’ll enjoy every second you spend in a Texas Roadhouse.

At Texas Roadhouse our team has an incredible sense of pride in everything we do. Our passion ensures you have a Legendary Experience every time.  Because of our passion for our guests and our communities, our team members are involved outside the restaurants in their local communities as a way to give back.

The Texas Roadhouse story is simple. Legendary Food, Legendary Service®
all with lots of Legendary Fun!


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Hunger Hike 5K Run — Picture Perfect


Running & Fighting Hunger – One Step at a Time

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More than 60 runners and walkers participated in the 2018 Hunger Hike 5K Run this past Saturday. The Hunger Hike 5K Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities who share a goal: Fighting Hunger with their Hearts & Soles!

It was sunny and cool — a picture perfect day for a race. The Hunger Hike 5K Run 2018 followed the beautiful, paved Cattail Trail Loop through West Lafayette and the scenic Celery Bog Nature Area — giving runners and walkers an opportunity to support three local organizations while enjoying a professionally timed 5K event.

Pictured above L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative; Assemgul Bissenbina, #1 Female; Kyle Morales, #3 Female; Colin Frier, #1 Youth; Phoebe (Colin’s dog); Aauba Aditye, #1 Male; Sarah Sellers, #2 Female; Lucy Edmundson, #3 Youth; and Kenny McCleary, #2 Male.

Thanks to our donors – Awards Unlimited, Panera Bread – West Lafayette, and Pay Less Super Market – West Lafayette.


Hunger Hike QUICK LINKS:

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

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Introducing the Hunger Hike Keynote – Race Johnson


Purdue Football Alumnus to Give Keynote

Race Johnson, Purdue alumnus & former Boilermaker football player, will offer remarks to kick off this year’s Hunger Hike THIS Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza (N 2nd Street, Lafayette). Throughout his life, Race has worked hard and has had a special commitment to serving his community as an individual, as an athlete and with his family and church — and he’s eager to share his story THIS Sunday.

Son of Bill & Jill Johnson, Race was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Carmel. Race has a younger brother, Steele, and younger sister, Hollyn. Steele is a diver at Purdue who has won four NCAA championships and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

A high school athlete, Race joined the Purdue football team as a walkon in 2013. He was an Academic All-Big Ten player who played in three games in 2015, and eight games in 2016. Race earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Purdue University (West Lafayette) in May 2017. He is currently a member of the Lugar Real Estate Team in Indianapolis.

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Race and hear his remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


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Introducing the Hunger Hike Co-chairs


Introducing the Hunger Hike 2018 Co-Chairs
Coach Sharon Versyp & Coach David Kucik

The Hunger Hike 2018 co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (men’s & women’s crew & rowing).

Coaches Versyp & Kucik are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both have a high standard for their own work, hold their teams to a high standard and have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. As wonderful role models they will also be engaging the collegiate athletes on their teams in this Hunger Hike event.

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik and hear their remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


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Hunger Hike – Drinks, Snacks, Printing & More


Hunger Hike is fortunate to get the support of many sponsors. All of the printing, food & drink, massage services, banners & trophies at Hunger Hike have been donated. Here are some of our generous donors:

  • Printing – Instant Copy Printing, Lafayette
  • Bottled Water – Aqua Systems, Lafayette
  • Hot Dogs – Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
  • Chips – Sam’s Club, Lafayette
  • Water, Bananas, Granola Bars – Pay Less Super Market, West Lafayette
  • Trophies – Awards Unlimited, Inc., Lafayette
  • Massages – Essential Touch Massage, Lafayette
  • Face Painting – Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry, Laffy-ette Chapter
  • Banners – Sign Art Etc., Lafayette
  • Bagels – Panera Bread, West Lafayette
  • 5K Prizes (gift certificates) – Lafayette Brewing Co., Arni’s, Christos New City Grill, Wabash Landing 9, Digby’s Pub & Patio, Cafe Literato, Purdue Convocations

At Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 16, there will be free hot dogs, bottled water, face painting and massages. At the HH5K Run on Saturday, September 15, there will be bagels, bananas, granola bars & bottled water available for all of the 5K run participants . Please thank our Hunger Hike sponsors by visiting them soon. For more information on Hunger Hike 2018, go to hungerhike.org.


Fighting Against Hunger with all of our Hearts & Soles!


| Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event | Sunday, September 16 |
| Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
| HH5K Run | Saturday, September 15 |
| Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |

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