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Volunteer Opportunities at Hunger Hike

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Volunteer at Hunger Hike 2015

Volunteers are needed on-site at the Hunger Hike 5K Run on Saturday, September 19th as well as the Hunger Hike Kick-off event on Sunday, September 20th. To see more specific times and tasks—and to sign up, click HERE and select Hunger Hike.


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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Hunger Hike Fundraising is in Full Swing

Fundraising is in full swing for Hunger Hike 2015

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Hunger Hike 2015 is about a month away but funds are starting to trickle in. Several local Corporations have already made donations; and a Solicitation Letter has recently been put in the US mail to individual Hunger Hike supporters. (See above — the Hunger Hike team worked diligently to get this mailer put together and in the mail.) Special thanks to Instant Copy (Lafayette) for donating all of the printing.

You can even give to Hunger Hike at all of your favorite local Subway restaurants — that all have collection boxes set up for their customers (like you) to donate to Hunger Hike. Oh — and there’s one at Jane’s Deli too.

Have YOU started fundraising for Hunger Hike yet?

To reach our goal of $100,000 — we really need YOUR participation. Here is how you can 2015-08-19 2015-08-19 001 002 (2)get started in the Fight Against Hunger with Hunger Hike 2015.

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Essential Information

HH logo (1)Hunger Hike is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hungerlocally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike benefits the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. &
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.

HH5K Run
Saturday, September 19

  • 8 a.m. check-in; 9 a.m. Run
  • Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • Parking: White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Avenue
  • $30 per person, includes T-Shirt
  • Register HERE

Hunger Hike 3K Walk
Sunday, September 20

  • Noon check-in; 1:15 p.m. Kick off starts; 1:45 p.m. welcome remarks;
    2 p.m. Hike begins
  • Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette
  • Donate $50 or more & receive a Hunger Hike T-Shirt
  • Hot Dogs, chips, drinks, face painting, Zumba and more
  • Register HERE

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

We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger at Hunger Hike 2015.

If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike event sponsor. If interested, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.

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HH5K Run 2015 — Race to Feed the Hungry

5K logoThis year Hunger Hike 2015 offers an opportunity for runners to also be a part of the fight against hunger — the HH5K Run — on Saturday, September 19th, one day prior to Hunger Hike (traditional 3K Walk). The HH5K Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger!

The annual HH5K Run will convene at White Horse Christian Center (1780 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette) with start/finish in the Celery Bog Nature Area. The 5K route allows participants to run while a scenic route through West Lafayette in early autumn.

Advanced Registration is encouraged but race day walk-ups are welcome.

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All HH5K Run 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 including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Be a part of the Hunger Hike 5K Run and Race to Feed the Hungry. For more information, route map & online registration form, click HERE.


Hunger Hike 2015

Hunger Hike 2015Mark your calendars for Hunger Hike 2015 – Hike to Feed the Hungry

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 keystone event is the opening ceremonies on Sunday — immediately followed by the traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Hunger Hike also includes a 5K Run on Saturday morning.

The details of the Hunger Hike events are as follows:

Hunger Hike 3K Walk
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Time: Noon – check-in; 2 p.m. – Hunger Hike 3K Walk starts
Place: Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette

HH5K Run
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. check-in; 9:00 a.m. race starts
Place: West Lafayette Trail System
Registration Cost: $30 includes T-Shirt

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 including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

It’s an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while enjoying a meaningful community event.


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Ways to Participate

  1. HH5K Run Information, click here.
  2. Hunger Hike 3K Walk Information, click here.
  3. Make a donation to Hunger Hike NOW, click here.
  4. Support a Team, click here.
  5. Become a Sponsor, email lum@lumserve.org or call 765.423.2691

Hunger Hike 2014 – New Enthusiasm

Summer 2014

Dear Friend,

HH logoYou may recall that last year’s Hunger Hike event fell significantly short of its fundraising goal.  It was only through the concern, effort and generosity of people like you, that we were finally able to meet and exceed that goal in early December – a full two months after the event.

Since that time, Hunger Hike’s three sponsors – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank and St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Haitian Relief Ministry – have been hard at work proactively reorganizing our Hunger Hike fundraising efforts so as not to have a repeat of last year’s results.

We have been working so hard, that we recently 2012-09-16 Hunger Hike 2012 199 (2)announced to the community that we believe Hunger Hike has the capacity to raise $125,000 this year – a full 30% more than our 2013 goal!

There is so much new energy and enthusiasm in place for Hunger Hike that we are already looking forward to what a successful event might mean for our efforts to feed the hungry.

  • At the Lafayette Urban Ministry, the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry will extend its hours and be open on Saturdays in addition to its current operating hours during the week.
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. would be able to expand its Mobile Pantry program to fight hunger when and where it is needed the most.
  • St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry would spend additional funds to further develop their pilot program of providing Haitian people with seeds that survive a variety of weather conditions.  They will also expand their water purification

We know that you have been a generous supporter of Hunger Hike in the past and we hope that you will join us in our effort to expand Hunger Hike’s impact during 2014.

First of all, you can help by circling the following dates on your calendar…

  • Hunger Hike 5K Run — Saturday, September 20, 8:00 a.m., West Lafayette’s Cumberland Park
  • Hunger Hike 3K Walk — Sunday, September 21, 2:00 p.m., Levee Plaza Parking lot in West Lafayette

You can also help by making a generous gift to Hunger Hike, right now, prior to the event.

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will allow our three sponsor organizations to expand their programs, respond to pressing need and better fulfill their missions of feeding hungry children and strengthening families who are experiencing food insecurity.

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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 $1.5 million dollars have been raised, providing a critical social safety net to thousands of hungry children and adults.

We hope you will join us again this year by running a little faster, walking a little farther – and digging a little deeper.   Help us to meet the new and urgent challenges that face us each day on the front lines in the fight against hunger.

Can we hear from you today?  Make out your check to “Hunger Hike” and send it to LUM – or give online at www.HungerHike.org


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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

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Rev. Patrick Baikauskas
Pastor/Director of Campus Ministries
St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue

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Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

PS Please help us to reach Hunger Hike’s expanded goal of $125,000 so that our three sponsor organizations can better respond to the needs of those who come to us for food.  Place your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, into the enclosed envelope and return it today.  You may also give online at www.HungerHike.org.


How much should I donate? One helpful suggestion is to consider a donation equal to 10% of your monthly food budget or the cost of fast food meals for a month. To donate to Hunger Hike, click HERE.

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Hunger Hike 2013 – Exceeds Goal

Hunger Hike 2013 Raises $92,685

HH13 Media Event 001Today at a media event at Lafayette Urban Ministry, the Hunger Hike 2013 committee was thrilled to announce that the $90,000 goal for this year has been reached.

The Hunger Hike committee has been working hard for the past three months to raise money for the event. It was announced on September 19th that the fundraising for the Hunger Hike event held on Sunday, September 15, 2013, fell $30,000 short of the $90,000 goal. A decision was made following the event to extend the fundraising through December 1, 2013, in an attempt to reach that goal.

The goal was not only reach but it was exceeded. The Hunger Hike committee is pleased to announce that Hunger Hike 2013 raised $92,685.

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Hunger Hike 2013 Acknowledgements

Special Thanks to the McAllister Foundation for their generous donation of $5000 to Hunger Hike 2013

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The following companies and organizations donated $1000 toward Hunger Hike 2013:

  • Edocyte, Inc.
  • Evonik Degussa Corp.
  • Franciscan Alliance
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
  • Global Impact/Alcoa Employees
  • Tipmont REMC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc.
  • Subway
  • System Concepts & Consulting, Inc.
  • Walmart Foundation

The Hunger Hike Committee also wishes to thank and acknowledge the:

  • 53 Hunger Hike 5K Run Donors
  • 75 Hunger Hike Donors
  • 38 Hunger Hike Sponsors

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“Every step makes a difference in the fight against hunger.”


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