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-chairs, Dave 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.
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
Thanks to all who participated, raised funds, volunteered and donated.
Has HUNGER HIKE Reached the Goal? Not Yet!
4 Ways You Can Still Help - Reach $115,000 Goal
Each year at this time about 85% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. So it's important that you still raise funds and give generously.
Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach its goal:
  1. Make a Donation NOW, HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or TeamHERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. Attend the Dine for $$ Fundraising Night at Texas Roadhouse (Lafayette) on Tuesday, September 25, view coupon sheet HERE.
  4. If you have a First Giving page or team send it out again to all of your contacts asking for more donations, HERE
Hunger Hike 5K Run — Picture Perfect
Running & Fighting Hunger - One Step at a Time
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
Dine at Texas Roadhouse for Hunger Hike
Next Tuesday - 20% Donated to Hunger Hike
Support Hunger Hike while you enjoy your meal at Texas Roadhouse . P resent the coupon to your server when you order and Texas Roadhouse will donate 20%   of your purchase to Hunger Hike. 

Please  SHARE  with your friends, family & co-workers to help make our fundraiser as successful as possible. For more information, click HERE.
Thanks to the Hunger Hike Event Sponsors
Show your gratitude by supporting their businesses
Here are our  Hunger Hike  2018 event sponsors — so far.

Thank them for joining the  Fight Against Hunger —   and support their businesses, please. To view all of our 2018 Event Sponsors, click HERE.

If you’re interested in becoming a 2018 Hunger Hike event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 | ).
Bronze Level
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Centier Bank
  • Essential Touch Massage
  • Henry Poor Lumber/Flooring Express
  • Hodgson Properties
  • Instant Copy Printing
  • MBAH Insurance
  • Phronesis, Inc.
  • RatPak Mobile DJs
  • Sagamore Ready Mix
  • Studio b Dance & Fitness
  • Tippecanoe Animal Hospital
  • Wabash National Corporation
  • Warren County REMC
  • Wintek Corporation
Hunger Hike's Sponsoring Organizations
All Proceeds from Hunger Hike Benefit...