Hunger Hike 2022 – Big Turnout & Big Impact


Hunger Hike 2022 Raises $95,000 So Far

Hunger Hike 2022 this past Sunday, September 18, had a BIG TURNOUT and a BIG IMPACT.

For 30 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 $95,000 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 2022 reached this year’s goal of $100,000

Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Katie Gearlds Jason Mitchell 

The kickoff event this past Sunday began with Zumba (pictured above), a visit from Purdue Pete, and live DJ music from Rat Pack Mobile DJs. The ceremony was emceed by Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and featured the Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Katie Gearlds Jason Mitchell (pictured right), who offered inspirational remarks. There was a blessing offered by the Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke; and the US National Anthem was sung by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker & her daughter, Kelly Jacobs.

The Purdue Crew Team led the hikers up on a 1.5K walk from Riehle Plaza in Lafayette, over the pedestrian bridge to West Lafayette, through Tapawingo Park, along the Wabash River to the Purdue Boathouse — and back again to Riehle Plaza.

The event also included ax throwing, a magic show, face-painting, balloon animals, clowns, rowing demonstrations, enchanted princesses, massages, intergalactic characters, and a hot dog picnic with chips, bottled water and popsicles.


Hunger Hike – Sponsoring Organizations

All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit and support the good work of three local agencies — Lafayette Urban Ministry (Food Programs), Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. This year is the 30th anniversary of these outstanding organizations working together to fight hunger. Hunger Hike is one of longest running & most well-respected fundraising events. Thank you to all of our passionate participants & generous sponsors for another lively outdoor event. To learn more about the Hunger Hike sponsoring organizations, click HERE.

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