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Brouillette appointed to City Commission

{Pictured above, L to R: John Rivera, Susan Brouillette & Mayor Roswarski. Photo courtesy of the City of Lafayette.}

L to R: John Rivera, Susan Brouillette & Mayor Roswarski. Photo courtesy of the City of Lafayette.

Recently, LUM’s very own Susan Brouillette was sworn in by Mayor Tony Roswarski and City Clerk Cindy Murray as a member of the Lafayette Human Relations Commission along with John Rivera. In a statement from the City of Lafayette, it was shared that “Citizen involvement in local government is so important, and we welcome Susan & John.”

The City of Lafayette Human Relations Commission was created in 1968, and consists of nine citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

The Commission’s main objectives are to end prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination in the City of Lafayette, to encourage respect and understanding of all individuals and groups, and to investigate complaints of discrimination in the City of Lafayette.

Congratulations to Susan Brouillette on this appointment!

 

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TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes

 


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics

with

Cindy Eberts

Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Layette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}

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Hunger Hike 2014 – Best Ever


Hunger Hike 2014 – Most Raised in History – $95,000


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It’s Still Not Too Late to DONATE to Hunger Hike 2014

  • To donate to a Hunger Hike TEAM, CHURCH team or individual fundraiser, click HERE
  • To donate directly to Hunger Hike 2014, click HERE
  • More information — go to www.hungerhike.org

This year’s Hunger Hike raised more money to date than all past Hunger Hike events. Hunger Hike 2014 this past weekend was filled with excitement, energy and good will. The weather was perfect for both the HH5K Run on Saturday and the Hunger Hike Kick-off event and 3K Walk on Sunday. Hundreds of caring individuals walked, ran, hiked, and donated funds to the Fight Against Hunger.

Thus far approximately $95,000 has been pledged and donated to Hunger Hike — which exceeds ALL past years for the amount of money raised.

The crowd gathered together in Riehle Plaza with one goal in mind – Fighting Hunger. The event this year was special from beginning to end — starting withIMG_1579 the National Anthem sung by Janelle Davis & Annalise Drake from the Harrison High School Performing Arts Program, Zumba with Emily from Parkwest Fitness — and closing with a Hot Dog & Chips picnic for all participants — and music throughout the entire event by DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs.

The plaza was also filled with information tables focused on the issues of hunger, voter registration available courtesy of the League of Women Voters, face-painting from the Unlimited Smiles Clown Ministry, and massages from Essential Touch Massage. To welcome the hikers and to kick-off the hike, special guest speakers (see below) offered remarks which included information, words of inspiration and blessings to the hikers just before the main event.

Purdue Pete, the Purdue Crew Team, Purdue Women’s Basketball Team, and Purdue Volleyball Team led the hikers to the route along the Wabash Heritage Trail. The event was successful in bringing much needed attention to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity and hunger.


hungerhike_HEROStayed tuned for the results for the following Hunger Hike awards: Top Individual Fundraiser, Top Church Fundraiser, 2nd Highest Church Fundraiser, & Top Team Fundraiser (non-church). Along with these winners — next week the Hunger Hike Heroes will be announced — those individuals who participated in both the HH5K Run and the Hunger Hike 3K Walk.



Hunger Hike 2014 Acknowledgements


left to right, standing, are West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, K105 Radio’s Shamus, Purdue Women’s Basketball Coach & Hunger Hike Co-chair Sharon Versyp, Gerald Thomas from Food Finders, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas from St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Joe Micon from Lafayette Urban Ministry; and in the front row: Purdue Crew Coach & Hunger Hike Co-chair Dave Kucik and Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.

left to right, standing, are West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, K105 Radio’s Shamus, Purdue Women’s Basketball Coach & Hunger Hike Co-chair Sharon Versyp, Gerald Thomas from Food Finders, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas from St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Joe Micon from Lafayette Urban Ministry; and in the front row: Purdue Crew Coach & Hunger Hike Co-chair Dave Kucik and Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.


Just before hundreds of Hunger Hikers hit the Wabash Heritage Trail for the 3K Walk, several local dignitaries shared their excitement and offered remarks on the importance of this event.

Our Hunger Hike dignitaries were West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, K105 Radio’s Shamus, Purdue Women’s Basketball Coach & Hunger Hike Co-chair Sharon Versyp, Gerald Thomas from Food Finders, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas from St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Joe Micon from Lafayette Urban Ministry, Purdue Crew Coach & Hunger Hike Co-chair Dave Kucik and Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.

Special thanks to all of our dignitaries and K105 Radio for their continued support of Hunger Hike.



Hunger Hike 2014 Sponsors


Special Hunger Hike Thanks to our Top Sponsors.


Hunger Hike Gold Level:


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Hunger Hike Silver Level:


  • Alcoa, Inc. IMG_1556
  • American Health Network
  • Endocyte, Inc.
  • Evonik Corporation -Tippecanoe Laboratories
  • Frito Lay
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
  • Lafayette Savings Bank
  • Subway (Purdue/West Lafayette & more)
  • Tipmont REMC

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              • Bar Barry Liquors
              • Caterpillar, Inc.
              • Duke Energy
              • Instant Copy Printing
              • RatPak Mobile DJs
              • Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
              • System Concepts & Consulting, Inc.
              • Wabash National Corporation
              • Wintek Corporation

Hunger Hike Friend Level:


  • Allure Dental
  • Aqua Systems
  • Awards Unlimited, Inc.
  • Essential Touch Massage
  • NeoVision Optical
  • Oscar Winski Co., Inc.
  • RamZs Emporium
  • Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc.
  • Speedpro Imaging
  • University Book Store
  • Williamson Eye Institute


Hunger Hike Photo Memories


  • Hunger Hike Photos — To view, click HERE
  • HH5K Run Photos — To view, click HERE

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Special thanks to our official Hunger Hike photographers:

  • Melanie Papariella Arvin,
  • Brenton Russell &
  • Zoe Malavenda.

Share your photos from Hunger Hike weekend and use #HungerHike.


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

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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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Ray Ewry — Greatest Jumper in Olympic History

 


October 14, 1873 (Lafayette, Indiana) – September 29, 1937 (New York, New York)


Ray Ewry Olympics 1908Raymond Clarence Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 14, 1873. Orphaned at the age of 5, Ewry seemed destined to spend his entire life in the tiny town. Confined to a wheelchair by polio when he was 7, Ewry exercised his legs until he could walk, and then increased their strength through his jumping regimen.

In 1890, he entered Purdue University, where he played football and captained the track team. Ewry  led the Purdue team to its first national track title ever and personally broke world records in standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump (also known as the ‘hop, step and jump’). He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue in civil and mechanical engineering and taught engineering for a bit in the late 1890’s. He then moved to New Jersey in 1899 and became a member of the New York Athletic Club.


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Ray Ewry accumulated his record total of 10 gold medals in four Olympiads without losing any of his competitions. No other Olympic athlete earned more gold medals than Ray Ewry until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. At his first Olympics, held in Paris (1900), Ewry won gold medals in all three standing jumps; and all three finals were held on the same day (July 16). At the 1904 Summer Olympics, Ewry successfully defended all three of his titles.  He won three gold medals apiece in 1900 and 1904 and two each in 1906 and 1908.


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All of his gold medals came in events no longer contested — the standing long jump, standing high jump and standing triple jump. Nicknamed “The Human Frog” for his incredible leaping ability Ewry was a 15-time national champion in the standing events from 1898 to 1910. He undoubtedly would have earned more titles if the standing jumps had not been dropped from the AAU program for a six-year period. Ewry’s world record in the standing long jump (3.48 meters or 11 feet 5 inches) was still standing when the event was discontinued internationally in the 1930’s.

After his Olympic career, Ewry helped design boilers for US naval vessels during WWI and served as lead engineer in the building ofray-ewry the aqueduct that still brings water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City. A hydraulics engineer by profession, he competed until he was almost 40; at age 39, he made a bid for the 1912 Olympic team but fell short. Ray Ewry is known by sports writers and historians as the greatest jumper in Olympic history – a remarkable accomplishment for a kid who wasn’t expected to walk. Ray Ewry died in New York City on September 29, 1937.


Other Notable Achievements

  • Ewry was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.
  • In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors dedicated and named the new youth program center after Ray Ewry.
  • In July 2012, the Greater Lafayette community honored Ray Ewry with a monument at Lafayette Jefferson High School. All of these are well-deserved honors to Ray Ewry, Olympic Hall of Famer and local hero.
  • In August 2014, Indiana Department of Transportation named a section of US 231 in honor of Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road is officially known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.

To see more pictures of Ray Ewry, click HERE.


LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center


2013-05-18 525 sign in spring 002 (2)In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors opened the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center. The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is home to the LUM After School Program, LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, and LUM Achieve! Stay in School Program.

The opening of this new facility enabled LUM to expands its programs to focus on “narrowing the academic achievement gap” within low income families in our community. Ray Ewry’s grandson, Tom Carson, from Baltimore, Maryland, attended the dedication ceremony and shared with the attendees that his grandfather would have been proud to receive this honor. Carson asked, “Can you think of any better way to celebrate Ray Ewry’s legacy than to provide young people with the tools, education and safe space they need to grow strong and succeed in life?”

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is located at 525 N. 4th Street in downtown Lafayette in the same building as the LUM Emergency Shelter



Ray Ewry in the News: 


NPR: All Things Considered — Before Leaping to 10 Gold, Athlete Beat Polio. By Mike Pesca | To hear the entire show, click HERE.


Reid Duffy Chronicles — Ray Ewry, U.S. Olympian and Purdue University Alumnus


ESPN The Magazine — Ray Ewry wasn’t even supposed to walk. By Eric Adelson | To read the full article, click HERE.



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Hunger Hike — Meeting with Media

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In a media event last week, the coordinators of Hunger Hike announced the “bad news” and the plans to continue fundraising until December 1, 2013.

St. Thomas’ pastor, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, shared that

“Hunger Hike is the single biggest source of funds for St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry. This shortfall will have a serious impact on our efforts, which is quite frankly unacceptable to our Haiti Committee. We save lives — countless number of lives— because of our efforts to bring them clean drinking water.”

It was the general consensus that the impact on Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. was concerning especially in light of the push in Washington to reduce federal funding for food assistance programs. Elected officials are expecting nonprofits like Food Finders and St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry to bridge the gap — and without the Hunger Hike funding it may not be possible to maintain let alone expand their programs.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, urged the community to

“dig a little deeper — take a few more steps — and those who did not give yet have another chance — to make a difference in fighting hunger and malnutrition.”


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Please help us to raise an additional $30,000 for Hunger Hike 2013. Help us to meet our fundraising goal and keep our commitment to those who are experiencing hunger.  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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HOT NEED — Food Pantry Volunteer Needed


Immediate Opening — Food Pantry Data Entry Volunteer

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Food Pantry Data Entry Volunteer


2013-04-25 RexFuller 015 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

Interested persons should email or call Ron Smith (rsmith@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).



Volunteering with LUM


2012-10-04 LUM Parent 036 (3)LUM could not provide its many programs and services without the hundreds of volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents. Most volunteers find their work to be interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding.

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the afternoon After School Program to helping run the 42-bed homeless shelter overnight. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being an advocate once a week in the morning Emergency Assistance Program or at data entry at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, to one time work with an event like LUM Camp, Thanksgiving Celebration, or Jubilee Christmas.

Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. Email lum@lumserve.org for more information.



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LUM Invited to Join the Immigrant Welcome Center Advisory Board


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LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families — Invited to Join the Immigrant Welcome Center Advisory Board


LUM has been invited to become an active member of the Advisory Board of the Immigrant Welcome Center. The Immigrant Welcome Center of Indianapolis is a resource for the growing community of immigrant newcomers to Indiana.

The Immigrant Welcome Center relies on its relationships in the community with agencies like LUM for advice and guidance in addressing the needs of immigrant newcomers as they establish their new lives in Indiana. Through Natural Helpers and community partners, the Immigrant Welcome Center connects newcomers to the resources, services, and opportunities they need to fully participate in the economic, civic, social and cultural life of the community.

Susan Brouillette will represent LUM on the Immigrant Welcome Center Advisory Board.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691)




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Opportunities to Serve LUM


Immediate Openings — HOT Volunteer Needs

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        • Overnight Shelter Volunteers
        • After School Program Volunteers
        • Food Pantry Data Entry Volunteers
        • LUM Camp Volunteer Counselors

Please scroll down and read more details about all of these incredible opportunities to serve LUM and your community.


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Overnight Shelter Volunteers


2013-02-05 LUM Emergency Shelter 036 (2)Shelter Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Duties include assist coordinator in checking in guests and serving meals, stay on site all evening, and take a shift on “awake” duty. Must be able to maintain confidentiality and interact with a variety of people.

Overnight Shelter Volunteer Training Session is NEXT Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center/Shelter Building at 525 N. 4th Street, Downtown Lafayette. No need to register to attend a session. Volunteers must attend a Shelter Training Session which are offered twice a month. Click HERE for more information on the position and for the complete schedule of upcoming Training Sessions. For more information, please email or call Joyce Fasani (jfasani@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).



After School Program Volunteers


The ASP Volunteer must enjoy working with children and have experience helping them achieve. Duties include set up for daily 2013-02-27 Amanda Bajzatt 004 (2)program needs; help children, ages approximately 5-11 years old with their homework; and supervise and play with children. Hours are 2:00-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lafayette School Corporation is in session. Email or call Cindy Haley if you’re interested (chaley@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).



Food Pantry Data Entry


2013-04-25 RexFuller 015 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

Interested persons should email or call Ron Smith (rsmith@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).



LUM Camp Volunteer Counselors


LUM Camp is a week-long camp from July 29 through August 2. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with2012-08-01 LUM Camp 035 (3) children and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug 2. Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers.

A comfy bunk in an air conditioned cabin awaits you! For more information, call Joe Micon at 765.423.2691 or click HERE.



Volunteering with LUM


2012-10-04 LUM Parent 036 (3)LUM could not provide its many programs and services without the hundreds of volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents. Most volunteers find their work to be interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding.

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the afternoon After School Program to helping run the 42-bed homeless shelter overnight. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being an advocate once a week in the morning Emergency Assistance Program or at data entry at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, to one time work with an event like LUM Camp, Thanksgiving Celebration, or Jubilee Christmas.

Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. Email lum@lumserve.org for more information.



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FREE Cookbooks! (at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry)


Free Cookbooks!


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The Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University (West Lafayette) and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service recently donated over 400 recipe books for low income households titled Fast and Flexible: Low Cost Recipes for A Family or Fifty to the Lafayette Urban Ministry. The books were originally developed in the mid 1990’s and could not be sold because they included the old USDA food pyramid. The food guide is now called Choose-My-Plate.


FREE Cookbooks! (at the St. John's/LUM Food Pantry)

Lloyd Brewer and Kelly Leuck (pantry volunteers) distributing copies of “Fast and Flexible: Low Cost Recipes for A Family or Fifty,” which were donated by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Department of Nutrition Science


Beginning Thursday (April 4, 2013), these food preparation guides will be given out to clients who come to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry. In addition to food safety suggestions and equivalency tables, the recipe books include helpful tips, suggestions on how to spice dishes up, and advice for individuals with income limitations such as the availability of cooking staples, appliances, and utensils.

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry team and Purdue faculty are hopeful that these recipe books will have a positive impact on clients looking for ways to stretch their food dollars, to better utilize their food allotment and eat healthier as a family.

Look for additional updates in the future regarding other innovative ways LUM is empowering clients to make informed decisions regarding their health and nutrition.



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