Hunger Hike 2019 — Spirited & Passionate Crowd
Benefiting Food & Nutrition Programs
Hunger Hike 2019 on Sunday, September 22, drew a big crowd with passionate participants wanting to make a difference. Despite predictions of thunderstorms, it turned out to be a perfect autumn afternoon. The “Hike” was pleasant and picturesque.

It began with a blessing, a spirited cheer from the Purdue Cheerleaders and Purdue Pete, and the traditional Zumba Warm Up led by Miss Brooke, Kasie & Amanda from Studio b Dance & Fitness. The US National Anthem was then sung by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker and her daughter, Kelly Jacobs . There was also live music, face-painting, balloon animals, massages, and voter registration.

Before the Hike kicked off there was an inspiring keynote from Coach Sharon Versyp , the Hunger Hike honorary co-chair, as well as remarks from Jason Mitchell , Purdue Crew assistant coach; Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski ; West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis ; and State Representatives Chris Campbell & Sheila Klinker .

Purdue Pete , Purdue Cheerleaders , and the Purdue Crew Team led the hikers up the Wabash Heritage Trail along the Wabash River. Hunger Hike concluded with a Celebration Picnic with hot dogs, chips, peanuts & bottled water for all participants.

For 27 years, Hunger Hike has brought much needed attention & funds to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger locally, regionally & globally. Thank you to all of our participants & sponsors for another epic event.
Has Hunger Hike Reached the Goal? NOT Yet!
The Hunger Hike 2019 goal, $100,000, has not been met yet, but we are so very close. Each year 15% of the donations are made AFTER Hunger Hike . Working together this goal can be achieved.

To learn how you still can support Hunger Hike and help us reach our goal, go to . The programs at LUM, Food Finders and St. Thomas Aquinas are depending on you. Thanks.
Hunger Hike T-Shirts - Sales This Weekend
The official Hunger Hike 2019 T-shirt (see photo) will be available this weekend at the Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas for a donation to Hunger Hike . Details are as follows:
  • Date/times: Saturday, 5:15-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45-10:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 6:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: St. Thomas Aquinas, 535 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • Donation: 1 for $10, 2 for $15, 6 for $30

All proceeds will go to Hunger Hike 2019. A limited number of past year's Hunger Hike T-shirts will be available as well. Get 'em while they last! If you wish to VOLUNTEER selling T-shirts at St. Tom's, click HERE.
Hunger Hike Fundraising Night at Texas Roadhouse
Support  Hunger Hike  while you enjoy your meal at Texas Roadhouse - Lafayette . Present the " couponto 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. If you wish to VOLUNTEER staffing a table and selling T-shirts at Texas Roadhouse, click HERE.
Two Recent Gifts Benefit LUM Families & Children
Creasy Springs Donates $1,900+ and Food Items
Creasy Springs Health Campus  recently presented LUM with a gift of $1,932.75 as well as a truck-load of food items for the  LUM Protein Food Pantry .

The Creasy Springs staff members and residents selected LUM as the recipients of their annual Independence from Hunger food drive and other programs earlier in the year. LUM is thankful to Creasy Springs Health Campus & Trilogy Health Services for their continued support. {Pictured are Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Molly Schulz , Creasy Springs community service representative.}
UU Church Clothes Drive Benefits LUM Clients
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County donated clothes vouchers worth $540 , redeemable at Goodwill Stores. The church received a $5 voucher for each bag of clothing donated to Goodwill from their annual Clothing Drive   this past May. {Pictured with Joe Micon, LUM executive director is Susanne McConville representing the Social Responsibility Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County.}

These vouchers will be passed along to the neediest families in our community through the LUM Good Samaritan Program . If you or your church or group would like to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program , please email or call Linda Hicks ( | 765-423-2691).
LUM Bus Drivers Needed - Paid - Part-time
One Hour Per Day - $20 per hour
This school year, the LUM
After School Program expanded to serve 60 students from each school corporation in our area — SO — additional  Bus Drivers are needed . Bus drivers transport children from their schools at dismissal time to the LUM After School Program .
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Dates: Monday-Friday, NOW through May 19, 2019, when Lafayette School Corporation is in session
  • $20 per hour, 5 hours per week maximum
  • Route: From LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center to Schools to Youth Center
  • Requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record

If interested please call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | ).
LUM Students Explore the Arts in the City
Sidewalk Chalk Festival - First Baptist Church
The LUM  After School Program  students recently took a trip to First Baptist Church , Lafayette, to participate in the 12th annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival .

The students spent the afternoon drawing masterpieces in chalk on the city’s sidewalks and enjoying the artwork created by local artists.

Thanks to First Baptist Church for inviting our students each year. They learned a lot and had a blast. To view more PHOTOS from the Sidewalk Chalk Festival, click HERE . If you would like to sponsor a study trip for the LUM students, email or call Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director ( | 765-423-2691)