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2020 – News Archive


Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

September 24, 2020 – Hunger Hike 2020 Crushed This Year’s Goal

September 17, 2020 – Hunger Hike is HERE – Livestream on SUNDAY

August 6, 2020 – LUM Camp 2020 Recap & More

September 10, 2020 – Hunger Hike, Double Your Donation & Interns

July 30, 2020 – News About Fall LUM Programs

July 16, 2020 – LUM Programs Persist & Thrive in 2020


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  • Hunger Hike 2019 Raised $96,899

    End of Decade Total Raised $978,597

    At a celebration this week, it was announced that the 28th annual Hunger Hike raised $96,899. Each of sponsoring organizations received $30,230. Collectively, THIS decade, Hunger Hike raised $978,597 (10 year total) – an amazing accomplishment in the fight against hunger. The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations: Duane Sellers & Chuck Anderson representing 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 ($49,033). The top 5 CHURCH fundraisers:

    1. St. Thomas Aquinas ($30,031)
    2. Chapel of the Good Shepherd
    3. St. John’s Episcopal
    4. Bethany Presbyterian 
    5. Central Presbyterian

    The top six INDIVIDUAL fundraisers:

    1. Rob Pahl ($10,930) – First individual to raise over $10,000
    2. Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
    3. Jane & Duane Sellers 
    4. Dr. Michael Lockwood
    5. Patti O’Callaghan

    The top organization/group TEAMS:

    1. Decatur Street Kids ($2,079)
    2. Dogs Against Hunger
    3. Purdue English Department – Poets & Critics
    4. Grandma’s Bunch
    5. Benton Central High School CAAP, Food Finders Food Bank & Tippecanoe Democrats (3-way tie)

    Special thanks to DIAMOND Level event sponsor — The Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000 donation); and the Gold Level event sponsors — Walmart/Sam’s Club of Lafayette/West Lafayette ($2,500 donation).

    Total Hunger Hike corporate gifts totaled $25,136. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.

    The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2019 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for supporting Hunger Hike. More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at hungerhike.org. If you wish to become a Hunger Hike2020 event sponsor, please email hungerhike@lumserve.org).

    Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike
    — Sunday, September 20, 2020 —


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    Dine at Texas Roadhouse for Hunger Hike


    THIS Tuesday – 20% Donated to Hunger Hike

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    Support Hunger Hike while you enjoy your meal at Texas Roadhouse . Present the coupon to your server when you order and Texas Roadhouse will donate 20%  of your purchase to Hunger Hike.

    Here’s how it works…

    1. Print the Hunger Hike Coupon
    2. On Tuesday, October 1 from 4 to 10 p.m., go to Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette
    3. Give “Coupon” to your server
    4. Hunger Hike gets 20% of your food sales — so, eat up!

    Please share this with others. THANK YOU. 



    The Texas Roadhouse Story


    It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana.  Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price.

    We like to brag about our Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made-From-Scratch Sides, and Fresh-Baked Bread. Everything we do goes into making our hearty meals stand out. We handcraft almost everything we serve. We provide larger portions so you get more food for your dollar. And if you want an Ice Cold Beer or Legendary Margarita to wash it all down — well, we have those, too.

    Our food’s not the only thing that’s Legendary at the Roadhouse — our fun is too! From our line dancers to our jukebox to our friendly servers, you’ll enjoy every second you spend in a Texas Roadhouse.

    At Texas Roadhouse our team has an incredible sense of pride in everything we do. Our passion ensures you have a Legendary Experience every time.  Because of our passion for our guests and our communities, our team members are involved outside the restaurants in their local communities as a way to give back.

    The Texas Roadhouse story is simple. Legendary Food, Legendary Service®
    all with lots of Legendary Fun!


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    Hunger Hike


    The Official Hunger Hike 2019 T-Shirt

    Here is this year’s official Hunger Hike T-shirt.

    Everyone who raises more than $50 will be presented with a 2019 Hunger Hike T-shirt at check-in on Sunday, September 22 at Riehle Plaza. You can then wear it in pride knowing that YOU have made a difference in the Fight Against Hunger.

    It is not too late to start raising money for Hunger Hike — and secure your official 2019 T-shirt. Just go to the Hunger Hike website and get started today — hungerhike.org.

    Hot Dog Picnic – Clowns – Massages & More

    At Hunger Hike, there will be a Hot Dog Picnic with free hot dogs, bottled water & chips. Hunger Hike also includes clownsface paintingballoon animalsmassages, and voter registrationHunger Hike is thankful for the support of our many sponsors — including:

    • Printing – Instant Copy Printing, Lafayette
    • Bottled Water – Aqua Systems, Lafayette
    • Hot Dogs – Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
    • Banners – Sign Art Etc., Lafayette
    • Trophies – Awards Unlimited, Inc., Lafayette
    • Massages – Essential Touch Massage, Lafayette
    • Face Painting & Balloon Animals – Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry, Laffy-ette Chapter

    Please show your appreciation for our Hunger Hike event sponsors by supporting and thanking them.

    Music from RatPak’s “DJ Powder” Starts at Noon

    DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at Hunger Hike.

    DJ Powder creates a fun, family friendly, festive environment during the kick-off of Hunger Hike.

    Join us THIS Sunday to enjoy music by DJ Powder of Rat Pak at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from Noon to 3:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

    Co-Chairs — Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik

    The Hunger Hike 2019 honorary co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (men’s & women’s crew & rowing).

    Coaches Versyp & Kucik are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both set the bar high for their own work and their teams. They have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. You’ll get to meet them and the student-athletes on their teams as well as see a Purdue Crew team “shell.”

    Join us THIS Sunday to meet and hear remarks from Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

    Indiana State Rep. Klinker to Sing National Anthem

    Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative, will kick-off Hunger Hike with the singing of the US National Anthem.

    State Representative Sheila Klinker was first elected in 1982 to represent District 27. A proud Boilermaker alumna, Klinker taught for more than 34 years in the Lafayette School Corporation and served as the Outreach Liaison for the Purdue School of Education for 15 years. As a college student, Klinker was named “Miss Purdue” and finished as second runner-up in the “Miss Indiana” contest. Klinker lives in Lafayette with her husband, Victor. They have three children and five grandchildren.

    Join us THIS Sunday to hear Sheila Klinker sing the National Anthem at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:15 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

    Zumba Warm Up – Annual Hunger Hike Tradition

    One of the highlights of Hunger Hike each year is the Zumba warm-up presented by Studio b Dance & Fitness (downtown Lafayette). Zumba will follow the National Anthem. 

    Miss Brooke (studio owner) & Kasie (fitness instructor) will bring the Hunger Hike crowd to their feet with the annual Zumba warm-up. Studio b Dance & Fitness was recently recognized as the Small Business of the Year.

    Join us THIS Sunday to participate in our Zumba warm-up with Miss Brooke & Kasie at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:20 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).