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Greater Lafayette's Hunger Hike is going virtual this year

Greater Lafayette's annual Hunger Hike is going virtual this year. The fundraiser will help support non-profits serving people in need.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 11:26 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Greater Lafayette's annual Hunger Hike is going virtual this year. The fundraiser helps support local non-profits to continue serving people in need.

It's helped raise more than $2 million since it started nearly 30 years ago. Non-profits like Food Finders Food Bank, Lafayette Urban Ministry and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry are among the organizations benefiting this year. According to Food Finders CEO Katy Bunder, within these past few months the organization has broken all its record for how many people they've served and how much food they've distributed.

Instead of a one day race, organizers have created "Challenge Week." Starting Sunday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 20, runners are encouraged to donate and create personal running goals. The event will end on Sunday, Sept. 20 with a live-stream at the end of the week. It'll include local musicians and performers.

Coordinator Josh Prokopy said this year's event is more important now than ever

"With so many people out of work, with businesses having to close down, there are more people then ever who are finding themselves not sure where there next meal is coming from," said Prokopy. "There's more need than there's been in previous years."

Prokopy said this year's fundraising goal is $100,000. He said it's going well so far even though the event hasn't started yet.

"So far it's been a huge success much more so than we thought so this is one way that people can really step up to help support meeting needs both in their community and in other parts of the world," said Prokopy.

This year's event has already received around $76,000.

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