Countdown to Hunger Hike = 17 Days
Honorary Co-Chairs Kick-Off Hunger Hike 2017
This year’s Honorary Co-chairs kicked off the 25 annual Hunger Hike at a special event last week. This year's co-chairs are Purdue coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). They both spoke passionately about the 25th annual Hunger Hike and how important it is to come together as a community to Fight Hunger.

They also put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now and to beat last year’s Hunger Hike total of $114,000. 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 addressing the needs in our community and abroad.

At the end of the event, the Diamond & Gold Level Event Sponsors were thanked and acknowledged. The Diamond Level event sponsor is the Lafayette Life Foundation; and the Gold Level sponsors are Cook Medical, The Kroger Co. ( Pay Less Super Market) & Walmart/Sam’s Club. Please join us in thanking all of our corporate donors and support them if you have the opportunity. To see a list of our 2017 Hunger Hike Sponsors (so far), click HERE.

For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website To give to Hunger Hike, click HERE.
Start Fundraising Today —
Hunger Hike is only 17 days away. Now would be a perfect time to create a Team for your church or organization — and begin raising money for Hunger Hike. This year is our 25th anniversary, so we hope you'll want to be a part of it. Go to for more information.

Thanks in advance for your support of Hunger Hike. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email  [email protected]  or call  765-423-2691 . Join us in the Fight Against Hunger locally, regionally & globally.

| Hunger Hike | Sunday, September 17 | Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
Volunteer & Raise Money for Hunger Hike
Congress Street United Methodist Church has selected HUNGER HIKE as one of the benefactors of their annual Great Pumpkin Patch. This partnership includes Hunger Hike providing volunteers (3 hour shifts) to work at the 14th annual  Great Pumpkin Patch -- as well as bake and ice cookies (2 - 2.5 hour shifts). If you’re willing to either help with the Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 6 - 31) or with the Cookies (NOW thru Oct. 20) — here’s what you do:
  1. Sign up -- Pumpkin Patch, click HERE; Cookie Baking, click HERE; Cookie Icing, click HERE
  2. Enter “Hunger Hike” in the Comments section
  3. SUBMIT, Volunteer & have fun

Please sign up online TODAY — and volunteer, have fun, sell pumpkins, bake cookies, ice cookies and help Hunger Hike achieve its goal of $115,000.
Volunteer with Lafayette Urban Ministry
Get Involved at LUM - Immediate Openings

needs volunteers from 2 to 6 p.m., every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. 

For more information, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Amanda Bajzatt (765-423-2691 | [email protected]). 

The LUM   Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include check-in, serve dinner, and distribute toiletries. For more information, click  HERE.

Meals Needed Too If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal for the shelter guests, click HERE for more information.