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Honorary Co-Chairs

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Dr. Anne Marie Edwards | Director | Black Cultural Center, Purdue University

Dr. Anne Marie Edwards serves as the director of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center.  Prior to this role, she held various roles in higher education including her most recent role as the director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and worked in the hospitality industry for several years until returning to school to obtain an M.B.A. from Valparaiso University. She earned a doctorate in educational psychology in August of 2021 where her emphasis centered Black women and identity development in the higher education environment. Her other research interests include topics around race, motivation, leadership, and career development. Dr. Edwards is interested in ways of making research accessible to the public. Dr. Edwards is an active member of the Association of Black Culture Centers (ABCC), National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), NASPA, and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has presented at ABCC, NCBS, MWERA, NASPA, ACPA, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALAH) and at the International Self-Determination theory conference.  Dr. Edwards is one of the co-hosts of the podcast Blkwomynvoices, a biweekly show about Black womyn and higher education.


Nathan Walker | Director of Programs and Facilities & Head Men’s Coach | Purdue Rowing & Crew Team

Nathan began his rowing career at Purdue in 2000, was voted Most Valuable Oarsman twice (’03, ’04) and stroked the V8 in 2004 to a 2nd place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta. Since graduating from college Nathan has coached high school, college, and masters rowers all across the country, including serving as the Head Novice Men’s Coach at Purdue, a Masters Women’s Coach at Alexandria Community Rowing Club, the Head Coach at Fairfax High School, the Director of Rowing at The College of William and Mary, the Head Men’s Coach at Norcal Crew, and most recently the Director of Rowing at Culver Academies before being hired back at his alma mater Purdue. He has coached crews to medals at Dad Vails, ACRAs, Head of the Charles, Youth Nationals, and Scholastic Nationals, and coached athletes to spots on the U19, U23, and Senior National Teams.


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Hunger Hike Resources — Quick Links

Hunger Hike Fundraising

  • Fundraiser Registration 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 PhotosHERE
  • Logo HERE
  • 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 Announcement PDF – HERE 
  • Social Media
    • Facebook Banner/Cover Photo JPG – HERE
    • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Ad Photo JPG – 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

Event Sponsor – 2024

If you’re interested in becoming a 2024 Hunger Hike event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 |

Here are our Hunger Hike 2024 event sponsors. 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

Silver Level – $1,000 – $1,999

Bronze Level – $500 – $999

Friend Level – $300 – $499

In Kind Gifts & Services

  • Purdue Reamer Club
  • Purdue Sports
  • Rat Pak DJs
  • Scott Starkey
  • Smiles Unlimited

Wish to be a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor?

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


Hunger Hike relies on dozens of volunteers for the Hunger Hike Kick-off event & 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 (1.5K 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 17 at either Riehle Plaza.


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 event sponsors, list HERE.

Hunger Hike – Info

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Hunger Hike – Celebration & 1.5K Walk – Sunday September 17

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