Hunger Hike 2021 Raises $110,000 So Far

Tackling Hunger Needs – Regionally & Globally

Hunger Hike 2021 returned to Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette (IN) this past Sunday, September 19, and was a tremendous success. The outdoor kickoff event began with a blessing by the Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, a spirited cheer from the Purdue Cheerleaders & Purdue Pete, and live music from Briton Weise (former LUM staff member). The US National Anthem was sung by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker & her daughter, Kelly Jacobs. In addition, there was a DJ, face-painting, balloon animals, clowns, and enchanted princesses. 

In attendance and offering support (pictured above) were local religious leaders and dignitaries including Indiana State Representative Chris Campbell, West Lafayette City Clerk Sana Booker, and West Lafayette City Council member Kathy Parker. Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Nate Walker & Katie Gearlds made an appearance.

Purdue Pete, Purdue Cheerleaders, and the Purdue Crew Team led the hikers up the Wabash Heritage Trail along the Wabash River. In addition to strict safety and health protocols, participants were offered water and chips. {To view the local news story, click HERE.}
For 29 yearsHunger Hike has brought much needed attention — and raised more than $2.2 million — to overcome malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger locally, regionally & globally. So far this year, close to $110,000 has been raised. And YES! You still may donate to Hunger Hike, a Hunger Hike Team, or a “Hiker.” To donate by text, text HHIKE to 71777. Help Hunger Hike 2021 exceed last year’s total of $125,000.

Hunger Hike is one of longest running & well-respected fundraising events. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Hunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event. Thank you to all of our passionate participants & generous sponsors for another spirited (and safe) outdoor event. Go to

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