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Hunger Hike 2019

Honorary Co-Chairs

Katie Gearlds | Head Coach | Purdue Women’s Basketball

Katie Gearlds is the head coach of the Purdue women’s basketball team. Returning to her alma mater, the 2007 All-American, is the ninth coach in program history.

Gearlds spent eight seasons taking Marian University to unparalleled success as its head coach, winning back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 2016 and 2017. She is the winningest coach in Marian history with a 228-50 record, an 82% clip.

Prior to her jump into coaching, Gearlds spent three seasons in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm. She was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, the highest selection ever from Purdue and the 10th top-10 pick in Big Ten history. She also spent time playing professionally in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Slovakia.

One of the most-prolific players at Purdue, Gearlds was a three-year starter for the Boilermakers during her career from 2004-07, appearing in 133 games with 100 starts. She ranks fourth in program history with 1,974 points and was the ninth fastest to join the 1,000-point club, reaching the plateau in just 80 games. For her efforts, Gearlds was named a Legend of Mackey Arena during its 50th anniversary season. Gearlds earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with minors in psychology and communications form Purdue in 2007.


Jason Mitchell | Boatman & Head Women’s Coach | Purdue Rowing & Crew Team

Jason Mitchell began his adventure into the rowing world in the Fall of 2005 while attending Purdue University. During his time on Purdue Crew, he was able to be a part of a Lightweight 8 the earned medals at the SIRA, Dad Vail, and ACRA regattas. After graduating from college, Jason served as an assistant Purdue coach for three semesters.

He was hired as the Director or Rowing at The College of William & Mary in 2012. In the summer of 2014, Mitchell also helped start a high school rowing program for the high schools in the Williamsburg area. The Williamsburg Boat Club Juniors program had its first season in the Fall of 2014. Jason was the men’s coach the 2014-15 season and moved to the Freshman/Novice coach for the 2015-16 season. In 2016, Coach Mitchell began his first season as Head Coach of the Pennsylvania State University Crew Team, where he built the team into a larger more competitive club.

Coach Mitchell’s coaching journey now came full circle when he returned to Purdue as the Boatman & Head Women’s Coach.


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Hunger Hike Resources — Quick Links

Hunger Hike Fundraising

  • Fundraiser Sign-up Form – click HERE 
  • Launch Page – click HERE
  • Donate to Hunger Hike click HERE
  • Collection Form (PDF) – click HERE

Promotional Materials – More coming soon

— Feel free to use anything below to promote Hunger Hike and your Hunger Hike team’s fundraising efforts.

  • Hunger Hike Flier (8.5″x11″) PDF – HERE
  • Hunger Hike Postcard PDF – HERE
  • Hunger Hike Handouts (5.5″x8.5″) PDF – HERE
  • Hunger Hike Poster PDF – | 11″x17″ | 
  • Bulletin/Newsletter Insert 2-sided (8.5″x11″) PDF – HERE
  • Bulletin/Newsletter Announcements (personalized) PDF – HERE 
  • Social Media
    • Facebook Banner/Cover Photo JPG – HERE
    • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Ad Photo JPG – HERE
  • Hunger Hike PhotosHERE
  • Logo HERE

Other Information

  • Sponsoring Organizations – HERE
  • Event SponsorsHERE

Sponsoring Organizations

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All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Learn more about the Hunger Hike sponsoring organizations.

Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 47 churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families.

For more than 50 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.

Website | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 | (765) 423-2691

STA Haiti

Haiti Ministry – St. Thomas Aquinas Center

Several times a year, the Haiti Committee at St. Thomas Aquinas travel to St. Francis Xavier Church in Baudin, Haiti. St. Tom’s has over the decades offer medical treatment, administered medicine, improved the quality of water, assisted with strategies to grow food, store food and produce and store seeds.

St. Thomas Aquinas serves as the Catholic Center at Purdue University. The parish engages the youthful energy of all its members to nurture their faith journey across all generations through liturgy, spiritual and intellectual formation, stewardship, and justice with peace. They joyfully welcome all who wish to meet life’s challenges through lived faith in Jesus Christ.

Website | 535 W State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 | (765) 743-4652

Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.


Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank has been a critical component of the welfare of Tippecanoe and 15 surrounding counties in Indiana: providing food to member agencies, advocating for the hungry, and educating the public about hunger-related issues.

Funded by United Way, foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors, and individual donors, Food Finders Food Bank annually distributes more than 7 million pounds of food to a network of non-profit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout north central Indiana.

Website | 1204 Greenbush Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 | (765) 471-0062

Event Sponsors

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Event Sponsor – 2022

Event Sponsors

If you’re interested in becoming a 2022 Hunger Hike event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 |

Here are our Hunger Hike 2022 event sponsors — so far. Please thank them for joining the Fight Against Hunger —  and support their businesses, please.

Diamond Level – $5,000 – $9,999

Gold Level  – $2,000 – $4,999

Bronze Level – $500 – $999

  • Centier Bank
  • Essential Touch Massage
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
  • Henry Poor Lumber Company
  • NeoVision Optical
  • Warren County REMC

Friend Level – $300 – $499

  • Arni’s Restaurant
  • Chosnek Law, PC

In Kind Gifts & Services

  • 95.3 Bob FM
  • Instant Copy Printing
  • Purdue Reamer Club – Xtra Special
  • Rat Pak Mobile DJs
  • Smiles Unlimited
  • Scott Starkey
  • Studio b Dance & Fitness
  • Texas Roadhouse Lafayette

Wish to be a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor?

If so, please call or email us (765-423-2691 |


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Hunger Hike relies on dozens of volunteers for the Hunger Hike Kick-off event & 3K Walk and more. Please consider becoming a Hunger Hike volunteer as well as a Hunger Hike fundraiser. Sign up to volunteer online, click HERE.

  • Hunger Hike (3K Walk) – Volunteers Sign up HERE
    • Set up, Check in, Water distribution, Route guides, Break down & more

Thank you.

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Sunday, September 17 – Celebration & 1.5K Walk

At 1 p.m. on Sunday take part in our annual celebration and 1.5K walk. See below for details.

Hunger Hike is back in Riehle Plaza!! Join us to close out Hunger Hike and celebrate our success.

Celebration – 1:00 pm – Riehle Plaza 

  • Enjoy live DJ music from Rat Pak Mobile DJs
  • Plus:
    • ZUMBA Warm-up
    • PHOTOS — Pose for photos with the Glass Slipper Princess, Apple Princess, and Enchanted Rose Princess — and more to be announced soon
  • (No speeches.  Just fun.)

Walk – 2:00 pm 

  • Take part in a mass 1.5K walk along the Wabash Heritage Trail


The average cotton t-shirt takes more than 700 gallons of water to produce and creates more than 30 pounds of carbon.  That’s a huge environmental cost.  So in an effort to be better stewards of our planet, our giveaways are going to look a little different this year.

Still want a Hunger Hike t-shirt?  No problem.  While we may not be placing a mass order for every donor and volunteer, our t-shirts are still available for purchase.  

  • Cost: $6 ($8 for XXL)
  • You can buy them right on the donation form.
  • Deadline is September 7
  • All t-shirts must be ordered in advance.

T-shirts may be picked up on September 18 at either Riehle Plaza.

Plus anyone who raises at least $250 can get a Hunger Hike Hero yard sign!


We’ll need plenty of help on Sunday, September 17 to make Hunger Hike a success.  Have a little extra time?  Why not lend a hand? There are lots of tasks to choose from.  We need people to:

  • Set Up
  • Receive Donations
  • Handout T-shirts
  • Distribute Bottled Water and other food items
  • Help with Clean Up

Interested? Sign Up Here

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Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors! 

Thank our event sponsors —  and support their businesses, please.
Hunger Hike 2022 event sponsors, list HERE.

Hunger Hike – Info

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Hunger Hike – Celebration & 1.5K Walk – Sunday September 18

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to raise the awareness of and make a difference in the Fight Against Hunger. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger!

The Hunger Hike main event is our annual celebration at Riehle Plaza — immediately followed by the traditional Hunger Hike 1.5K Walk.

  • 1 p.m. – Celebration begins at Riehle Plaza
  • 2 p.m. – 1.5K Walk at Riehle Plaza

6 Ways to Participate

  1. Hike/walk in the Hunger Hike 1.5K Walk, Information HERE
  2. Make a Donation NOW, HERE
  3. Support a Team or a Fundraiser, HERE
  4. Become a Sponsor, email or call 765-423-2691
  5. Collect donations the “old school” way
    • Collection Form – click HERE – print and use to keep track of your donations
  6. Promote Hunger Hike – Flier, Poster, Postcard & more – click HERE

More information, click HERE

Sponsoring Organizations

All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Learn more, click HERE.

Event Sponsors

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors! Take the time to THANK all of our event sponsors —  and support their businesses, please.
Hunger Hike event sponsors, list HERE.


Hunger Hike events need dozens of volunteers. Please consider helping. Learn more HERE.

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Hunger Hike Photos – To view all of the Hunger Hike photos through the years, click HERE

Fr. Charles (Haiti) Visits Hunger Hike Team

HH LogoThis past Monday, the Hunger Hike team had a rare visit from the pastor from St. Francis Xavier Church in Baudin, Haiti—Father Charles Jean Pierre. Through the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Baudin is our “sister” community in Haiti.

Fr. Charles met with several groups including the Hunger Hike team. His message was simple — thank you, we need you, and you’re having a positive impact.

The meeting also included reports from members of the Haiti Ministry, John Ginda & Rob2015-08-24 2015-08-24 001 087 (2) (1024x1023) Pahl, as well as the St. Tom’s pastor, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas.

If you wish to learn more, please read the recently published News Article covering this meeting, click HERE.

To learn more about Hunger in Haiti, click HERE.

Please JOIN our Fight Against Hunger—locally, regionally & globally—by participating in Hunger Hike 2015.

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5 Ways to Donate

  • Donate to Hunger Hike, HERE
  • Donate to a Hunger Hike Team, HERE
  • Donate to a “Hiker,” HERE
  • Mail in or Drop Off a Donation
    • Make your check payable to “Hunger Hike”
    • Mail or Drop off to —
      Hunger Hike, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Subway Restaurants
    – put your donation in their collection boxes