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Hunger Hike 2017 – Raises $110,000+

Second Year in a Row – Funds Exceed $110,000

At a celebration this week, it was announced that the 25th annual Hunger Hike reached its goal. For the second year in a row Hunger Hike has raised over $110,000 — and for the third year, over $100,000.

The 2017 Hunger Hike total is $110,083 plus numerous gifts in kind. Each sponsoring agency received $36,694.

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations: Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry. All major donors and event sponsors were also recognized.


A majority of the money comes from local churches ($58,498). The top six CHURCH fundraisers:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas ($36,932)
  • Bethany Presbyterian ($3,384)
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd ($3,366)
  • St. Andrew United Methodist ($2,235)
  • Central Presbyterian ($1,155)
  • St. John’s Episcopal ($1,125)

The top six INDIVIDUAL fundraisers:

  • Rob Pahl ($8,340)
  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP ($7,551)
  • Jane & Duane Sellers ($7,280)
  • Michael Lockwood ($4,250)
  • John Ginda ($2,705)
  • The Eros Family ($1,770)

The top organization/group TEAMS:

  • Purdue English Department Poets & Critics ($2,475)
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. ($1,060)
  • Purdue Boxing Club ($990)
  • Purdue Crew ($550)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)
  • Alpha Gamma Delta – Beta Xi Chapter at Purdue ($275)

Special thanks to DIAMOND Level event sponsors:

  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($5,500)

Total Hunger Hike corporate gifts totaled $30,488. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.

The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2017 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history again this year at Hunger Hike.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend
— September 15 & 16, 2018 —

More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.
If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2018 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

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Hunger Hike 2016 Raises $114,407

Hunger Hike Exceeds Fundraising Goal AGAIN!

Hunger HikeAt a celebration this morning, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2016 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2016 fundraising goal. For the second year in a row the amount raised exceeded $100,000 — and for the fourth consecutive year it is the highest amount ever raised.

The 2016 total is $114,407 plus numerous gifts in kind.

Photos from this event may be viewed HERE.

Special thanks to Diamond Level event sponsors —

  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($7,750)
  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)

Total raised through corporate gifts is $39,665. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.

A majority of the money comes from local churches and their fundraising efforts. The top church fundraisers this year are as follows:

The top organization/group teams are as follows:

  • Purdue Computer Science ($1,286)
  • Food Finders ($1,170)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations —

Each sponsoring agency received $35,977.

The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2016 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history this year at Hunger Hike.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend — September 16 & 17, 2017.

More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2017 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

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HH5K Run – 2016 Winners


On Saturday, September 17, local runners took part in the HH5K Run—the Race to Feed the Hungry—at Celery Bog Nature Area with start/finish on the Cattail Trail through the Celery
Bog Nature Area. The rain cleared up just in time for the run, and it was a cool but cloudy morning — not a bad day for a race.


The HH5K Run winners are as follows:

  • Youth
    • 1st: Rob Burton
    • 2nd: Courtney Seger
  • Women
    • 1st: Katie Micon
    • 2nd: Lauren Harer
    • 3rd: Sarah Carignan
  • Men
    • 1st: Nick Burton
    • 2nd: Colin Williams
    • 3rd: Robby Stewart

These runners supported these outstanding local organizations while enjoying a 5K event on a scenic trail.

  • HH5K Run RESULTS, click HERE
  • To view HH5K Run PHOTOS, click HERE.

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Hunger Hike 2016 — Legendary Event

2016-09-18-hunger-hike-531-2-1280x1280Participants gathered with one common goal—to raise awareness and raise funds for food programs locally, regionally & globally — through the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders and the Haiti Ministry at St. Tom’s. The events this past weekend though — offered even more.

This year was special from beginning to end. Before it all began the crowd was treated to Zumba with Brooke & Kasie from Studio b Dance & Fitness and the National Anthem sung by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker & her daughter, Kelly Jacobs, director of music for the Cathedral of St. Mary. Throughout the entire event , there was live music by DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs, face-painting & balloon animals from the Unlimited Smiles Clown Ministry, and massages from Lee Anne Akers of Essential Touch Massage.

Amanda Elmore, US Olympic Gold Medalist (pictured above), gave a rousing keynote address preceded by remarks from Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s Basketball coach; Dave Shondell, Purdue Volleyball coach; Dave Kucik, Purdue Rowing coach; Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative; John Dennis, West Lafayette Mayor; Tony Roswarski, Lafayette Mayor; Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP, pastor/director of campus ministries, St. Thomas Aquinas; Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Kyle Mann, Walmart Market Manager.

Amanda Elmore also kicked off the Hunger Hike. Purdue Pete, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Crew Team, Purdue Women’s Basketball Team & Purdue Volleyball Team then led the hikers up the John T. Myers Bridge and on the Wabash Heritage Trail along the Wabash River. Hunger Hike concluded with a Celebration Picnic with hot dogs, chips & bottled water for all participants (Thanks to Texas Roadhouse, Frito Lay & Aqua Systems).

Hunger Hike once again successfully brought much needed attention & funds to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger.

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Countdown to Hunger Hike 2016

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  • DONATE directly to Hunger Hike — click HERE
  • Be a Hunger Hike FUNDRAISERRegister HERE
    — create a fundraising page, get pledges and donations, then Hike
  • RUN in the HH5K Run on Saturday, Sept. 17 — Sign Up HERE
  • Donate to a Hiker or Hunger Hike TEAM — click HERE
  • For MORE information about Hunger Hike events — click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER at Hunger Hike & HH5K Run — click HERE

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Only 8 Days Till Hunger Hike

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  • DONATE directly to Hunger Hike — click HERE
  • Be a Hunger Hike FUNDRAISERRegister HERE
    — create a fundraising page, get pledges and donations, then Hike
  • RUN in the HH5K Run on Saturday, Sept. 17 — Sign Up HERE
  • Donate to a Hiker or Hunger Hike TEAM — click HERE
  • For MORE information about Hunger Hike events — click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER at Hunger Hike & HH5K Run — click HERE

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Labor Day Weekend — To-Do List

LogoHunger Hike events are just two weeks away — and a lot of exciting things are planned for the Kick-off event and the 5K run. Hunger Hike gives YOU a chance to have a positive impact on your community AND have some FUN too! There’s a live DJ, Zumba, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, the Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete & cheerleaders — and hot dogs, chips & water when you return from the 3K walk/hike.

Hunger Hike is also a wonderful team activity for your group. Each member raises money leading up to the big day — and the whole team gets together at Hunger Hike & celebrates their good work.

It’s a long weekend — so use this time to get started — and here is how in 8 easy steps:Hunger Hike 2014 - BR - 153 (853x1280)

  1. Go to First Giving— www.firstgiving.com
  2. Sign in (or create an account if this is your first time)
  3. Go to www.firstgiving.com/hungerhike/2016
  4. Click “Register” — select “one” for yourself — and follow the steps
  5. Join a “Team” or “Create” a Team
  6. Confirm your Fundraising Page
  7. Email all of your contacts asking them to support you and Hunger Hike.
    You may simply email a message and the link to your fundraising page to all of your contacts —OR—upload your email addresses and let First Giving do the work for you.
  8. Finally. Watch the donations come in — for you, for your team and for Hunger Hike!

If you choose to email your contacts outside of First Giving don’t forget to include the link to your fundraising page allowing your friends and family to donate to you online.

Also for your convenience, here is a sample message you may use or modify:

When I learned that millions of children go hungry, I decided to do something about it. I’m going to participate in the Greater Lafayette HUNGER HIKE and hope you will support me. I’m excited to be a part of this annual effort which raises funds for three nonprofits working to fight hunger locally, regionally & globally: Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Any amount you can give will help! Please dig deep and donate through me online. Donating is simple, fast, secure and tax-deductible. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I really appreciate it. Together we will be helping hungry children and families. You can learn more by going to the Hunger Hike website(www.hungerhike.org). Thanks!


Call or email us if you need any help (765-423-2691 | hungerhike@lumserve.org).
So — take a few minutes this long weekend and get started fundraising for Hunger Hike.

We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger.

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If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor.
For more information on how to become 2016 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.

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Quotes about Hunger

  • Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. ~ Jacques Diouf
  • A hungry man can’t see right or wrong. He just sees food. ~ Pearl S. Buck
  • 35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war. ~ Jeff Bridges
  • Food is our common ground. ~ James Beard
  • A hundred years from now it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of clothes you wore, but the world may be much different because you were important in the life of a child. ~ Author Unknown
  • A hungry man is not a free man. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
  • This is the first generation in all of recorded history that can do something about the scourge of poverty. We have the means to do it. We can banish hunger from the face of the earth. ~ Hubert Humphrey
  • Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything. ~ José Andrés
  • America is the richest country in the world. And yet tonight, thousands of your neighbors will go to bed hungry. It may be your child’s schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach. Or it could be a co-worker, a working mother whose low-wage job doesn’t make ends meet. Perhaps it’s an elderly neighbor who has to make a decision whether to delay filling a prescription or buying groceries. The faces of hunger are as broad as the faces of America. ~ David Nasby, General Mills
  • As we talk about those who are starving in countries abroad, we have indeed all of the elements of a third world nation within our own borders. ~ Rep. Floyd Flake
  • Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. ~ Mother Teresa
  • Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve. ~ Jonathan Sacks, Jewish scholar
  • Eating alone is a disappointment. But not eating matter more, is hollow and green, has thorns like a chain of fish hooks, trailing from the heart, clawing at your insides. Hunger feels like pincers, like the bite of crabs; it burns, burns, and has no fur. Let us sit down soon to eat with all those who haven’t eaten; let us spread great tablecloths, put salt in lakes of the world, set up planetary bakeries, tables with strawberries in snow, and a plate like the moon itself from which we can all eat. For now I ask no more than the justice of eating. ~ Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet
  • Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. ~ Saint Augustine
  • For now I ask no more than the justice of eating. ~ Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Nobel Prize Winner
  • God, to those who have hunger, give bread, and to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice. ~ Prayer from Latin America
  • Growing numbers of corporate executives are aware of the inextricable link between the well being of our families and the well-being of our nation. Nowhere is this link manifest so strongly as with the problem of hunger. ~ Arnold Hiatt, Chair of the Stride Rite Foundation
  • Hunger is actually the worst weapon of mass destruction. It claims millions of victims each year. ~ Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil
  • Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
  • Hunger makes a thief of any man. ~ Pearl S. Buck
  • I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I hope someday we will be able to proclaim that we have banished hunger in the United States, and that we’ve been able to bring nutrition and health to the whole world. George McGovern
  • I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one. ~ Mother Teresa
  • I went to bed hungry many nights as a child. It was a Dream that dressed me up when I was ragged, and it was a Dream that filled me up when I was hungry. Now it’s my Dream to see that no child in this world ever goes hungry, certainly not here in America, the most bountiful country in the world. We can do better…we must! ~ Dolly Parton
  • If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. ~ John F. Kennedy
  • If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger. ~ Buzz Aldrin
  • If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~ Mother Teresa
  • If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved. ~ Bono
  • In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child should go hungry. ~ Sela Ward
  • Investment in the eradication of hunger today is a good business decision. If we fail to make this investment, it is doubtful that we can sustain healthy economic growth. Without this investment, our nation may disintegrate into a country sharply divided between those who have enough to eat and those who do not. ~ Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chair & CEO of Hasbro, Inc.
  • It is important for people to realize that we can make progress against world hunger, that world hunger is not hopeless. The worst enemy is apathy. ~ Reverend David Beckmann, president of Alliance to End Hunger
  • It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. ~ George Eliot
  • Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those throughout the world who live and die in poverty or hunger. Give them, through our hands, this day their daily bread; and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen. ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. And to think of the elderly suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us. Unlike Third World nations, in our country the problem is not having too little – it is about not caring enough! Write your elected representatives and promote support for the hungry. ~ Erin Brokovich
  • My motto in life is ‘If you think it, you can do it’ and if we all apply that thought we can end hunger the world over. ~ Dionne Warwick
  • Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. ~ George Orwell
  • One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger. ~ Jeff Bridges
  • One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp. ~ Jeff Bridges
  • Others have questioned if hunger exists in our country; I can tell you that hunger does exist in this country. For many adults and children, going to sleep hungry is not a threat; it’s a regular occurrence. And it must end. ~ Former USDA Secretary Mike Espy
  • Pay attention to the hungry, both in this country and around the world. Pay attention to the poor. Pay attention to our responsibilities for world peace. We are our brother’s keeper… ~ George McGovern
  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. ~ Jonathan Kozol
  • Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don’t have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition – the kind most common among poor people in America – can do it. ~ Carl Sagan, Cornell University
  • Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Muhammad Ali
  • Some people are born with very little; some are fortunate enough to have it all. When I grew up, we didn’t have much. I had to hustle to get what I wanted… but I had that hunger for more. I didn’t always make the right choices, but I learned from my mistakes. ~ Curtis Jackson
  • The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well-off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery almost without noticing them. ~ Gunnar Myrdal
  • The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution. ~ Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist
  • The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. ~ Dr.Walden Bello, 2003 Right Livelihood Award winner
  • The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world. ~ Norman Borlaug, biologist and humanitarian
  • The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it’s almost impossible to stamp out. ~ Plato
  • The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~ Mother Teresa
  • The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The victims of social injustice, since time eternal, have always been without the resources and the ability to fight back. They are defenseless and voiceless. Thee sad aspect of social injustice is that the defenseless and voiceless are the ones who most need a defense and a strong, vibrant voice. ~ Tommy Makem, Irish folk musician
  • The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation. ~ John F. Kennedy
  • There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry. ~ Ed Asner
  • There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. ~ Sir Winston Churchill
  • There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
  • To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one’s responsibility as a free man. ~ Alan Paton
  • Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. ~ Albert Camus
  • True evangelical faith, cannot lie dormant, it clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all creatures. ~ Menno Simons, Founder of the Mennonites
  • Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. ~ Les Brown
  • We are a country that prides itself on power and wealth, yet there are millions of children who go hungry every day. It is our responsibility, not only as a nation, but also as individuals, to get involved. So, next time you pass someone on the street who is in need, remember how lucky you are, and don’t turn away. ~ Lesley Boone, actress and social activist
  • We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry. ~ Jimmy Carter
  • We must act together, as a united people… For the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. ~ Patricia Young, World Food Day Coordinator
  • When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, “Now is that political, or social?” He said, “I feed you.” Because the good news to a hungry person is bread. ~ Desmond Tutu
  • When you are hungry, you can’t think about anything else. ~ Juana Janie Mendez, 17
  • When you sit in council, think not of yourselves not even of your generation. Think of those yet unborn, even unto the seventh generation, making all decisions with those generations in mind. ~ The Iroquois Confederacy cir. 1000 c.e.
  • Working at the Food Bank with my kids is an eye-opener. The face of hunger isn’t the bum on the street drinking Sterno; it’s the working poor. They don’t look any different, they don’t behave any differently, they’re not really any less educated. They are incredibly less privileged, and that’s it. ~ Mario Batali

Hunger Hike—Volunteers Opportunities

hungerhikefoodHunger Hike relies on dozens of volunteers for the Hunger Hike and the HH5K Run. Please consider becoming a Hunger Hike volunteer as well as a Hunger Hike fundraiser. Sign up to volunteer online, click HERE. Needs are as follows:

For more information, go to www.hungerhike.org/volunteer