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Hunger Hike 2019 Teams Up with Purdue Coaches


Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik – Fighting Hunger

Two prominent Purdue Coaches announced last week that they will be teaming up with Hunger Hike to join the Fight Against Hunger.
This year’s Honorary Hunger Hike Co-chairs are Coach Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Coach Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). Both are passionate about the importance of Hunger Hike and the power of coming together as a community to Fight Hunger. They also put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now to reach this year’s Hunger Hike goal of $100,000.
Coach Versyp & Coach Kucik, the 2019 Hunger Hike Co-chairs, are pictured above with the representatives from the three sponsoring organizations — Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center — who also share how important this annual fundraiser is to funding the food programs necessary to addressing the needs of the families in our community, regionally and abroad.

For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — hungerhike.org.


{Pictured above L to R: Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Center; Coach Sharon Versyp; Coach Dave Kucik; Joe Micon, executive director, Lafayette Urban Ministry.}


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2019 – News Archive


Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

October 1, 2019 – Texas Roadhouse Donates 20% to Hunger Hike


September 26, 2019 – Hunger Hike 2019 – Spirited & Passionate Crowd

September 19, 2019 – Hunger Hike is THIS Sunday — Join the Cause


August 27, 2019 – Hunger Hike – Fighting Hunger with Heart & Sole

August 27, 2019 – Become an Event Sponsor


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Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

October 1, 2019 – Texas Roadhouse Donates 20% to Hunger Hike

September 26, 2019 – Hunger Hike 2019 – Spirited & Passionate Crowd

 


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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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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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Hunger Facts – 2018


HUNGER HIKE – Did you know?


General Facts/Statistics

  • 1 in 8 people in Indiana struggle with hunger
  • An estimated 26% of individuals who are considered food insecure live in households that earn incomes above 185% of the poverty line, making them likely ineligible for most federal nutrition assistance programs.
  • Food insecure adults are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, and high blood pressure. They are also more likely to report mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, and poor general health. Seniors who are food insecure have a decreased capacity to maintain independence with aging.


Child Hunger Facts/Stats

  • 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger
  • 23,340, or 17.7%, of children in Food Finders’ service area struggle with hunger. In Tippecanoe County, alone, nearly 7,000 children struggle with hunger. More than a quarter of the 23,670 children do not qualify for federal nutrition programs, leaving Food Finders Food Bank’s programs as their only resource.
  • Children who face hunger are more likely to struggle in school and experience developmental setbacks. Kids who struggle to get enough to eat also face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma.
  • In addition to decreased intellectual and emotional development and poor academic performance, children living in food insecure households are at higher risk of poor physical and mental health. They are substantially more likely to be diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia, asthma, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, cognitive impairment, and behavioral disorders. They are also at higher risk of being hospitalized. These health problems and the resulting time demands placed on caregivers impact the ability of caregivers to maintain stable employment.
  • For more information on general hunger statistics, visit Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap site: click HERE 


Senior Hunger Facts/Stats

  • Indiana has one of the highest rates of senior hunger, with 11.7% of seniors struggling with hunger–that’s 631,800 seniors in Indiana. Women are disproportionately affected by food insecurity, 6 out of every 10 food insecure seniors are women.
  • Seniors struggling with hunger often have to make the difficult decision between paying for rent, medication, or transportation and food.
  • For seniors, lack of access to healthy foods, or even a stable diet, can lead to life threatening medical conditions, such disability, deteriorating health/ mental health conditions, serious infections, lengthy hospitalization, and malnutrition. The number one health condition caused by food insecurity among seniors is clinical (severe/major) depression. For more information on senior hunger, read The State of Senior Hunger, click HERE

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Hunger Hike 2018 Teams Up with Purdue Coaches


Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik – Fighting Hunger

At an event this week at Mackey Arena, two prominent Purdue Coaches announced they would be teaming up with Hunger Hike as honorary co-chairs to join the Fight Against Hunger.

Honorary Hunger Hike Co-chairsCoach Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Coach Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). Both spoke passionately about the importance of Hunger Hike and the power of coming together as a community to Fight Hunger. They also put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now to reach this year’s Hunger Hike goal of $115,000.

Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations — Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center — also offered remarks and shared how important this fundraiser is to funding the programs necessary to addressing the needs of the families in our community and abroad.

For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — hungerhike.org.


{Pictured above L to R: Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Center; Coach Sharon Versyp; Coach Dave Kucik; Joe Micon, executive director, Lafayette Urban Ministry.}


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Hunger Hike Needs Your Support


Dear Friend,

On September 16, we will be joining hundreds of participants in the annual Hunger Hike at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette, and we need your help to make our efforts matter!

About a quarter of all residents of Tippecanoe County are at risk of going hungry, but they are not eligible for federal food assistance. What that means is that they have to turn to food pantries and feeding programs run by local nonprofits, civic groups and churches in order to get enough to eat.

Unfortunately, the problem among households with children is even more serious. Too many children in our community are missing out on the nutrition they need for their healthy growth and development. This is especially unacceptable when there are solutions to ending hunger in our community now.

Hunger Hike is one of those solutions.

Hunger Hike is our community’s oldest and most well respected fundraising walk, dating back to the early 1970’s. Last year more than 1,100 people participated in the event. Over the years, more than $1.6 million dollars have been raised, providing vital funding to the feeding programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. In addition, Hunger Hike also helps to fund efforts by St. Thomas Aquinas Center to purify water and safely preserve agricultural commodities in the fight against hunger in Haiti.

We are grateful that you have been a generous supporter of Hunger Hike in the past and hope that you will continue that support again this year. First and foremost, please circle the following dates on your calendar…

Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event
Sunday, September 16; 2 p.m. – 3K walk; Noon – check in
Riehle Plaza & Wabash Heritage Trail, Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, go to hungerhike.org

Hunger Hike 5K Run
Saturday, September 15; 9 a.m. – 5K run; 8 a.m. – Check in
Celery Bog Nature Area, Cattail Trail, West Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, go to hungerhike.org

We also hope that you will join us in making a generous financial gift to Hunger Hike, right now, prior to the event.

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help us to meet our $115,000 fundraising goal and allow our three sponsoring organizations to feed hungry children and strengthen families who are experiencing food insecurity.

We hope you will contribute generously to Hunger Hike again this year.

  • Run a little faster
  • Walk a little farther
  • Dig a little deeper

Join us on the front lines in the fight against hunger.

Please, can we hear from you as soon as possible? Make out your check to “Hunger Hike” and place it in the enclosed envelope – or give online at hungerhike.org/donate.

Gratefully,


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Hunger Hike 2018 — Mark Your Calendars


Make This the Year that YOU Fight Hunger!


Hunger Hike
is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger —  locally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger! The details of the Hunger Hike events are as follows:

Hunger Hike 3K Walk

  • Date: Sunday, September 16
  • Time: Noon – check-in; 2 p.m. – Hunger Hike 3K Walk starts
  • Place: Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette

HH5K Run

  • Date: Saturday, September 15
  • Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. check-in; 9:00 a.m. run starts
  • Place: Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • Registration Cost: $30 includes T-Shirt

Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry. This is YOUR opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while engaging in a meaningful and fun community event.


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

| Donate Online | Hunger Hike—Online Fundraising | HH5K Run Registration |


If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor. For more information on how to become 2018 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


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