Community will De-Feet Hunger on September 12

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Feeding 10,000 hungry kids is only a step away. Harvesters and the United Methodist churches of the Heartland Central District will host the third annual De-Feet Hunger 5K Walk/Run and meal-packing effort on September 12.

Volunteers pack meals at De-Feet Hunger in Kansas City

Volunteers pack meals at De-Feet Hunger in Kansas City

Hunger is a reality for one in seven people in Kansas City. It takes all of us working together to make a difference and end hunger. More than ten United Methodist churches are working together to plan this one-of-a-kind event during Hunger Action Month.

Feeding 10,000 hungry kids is only a step away. Harvesters and the United Methodist churches of the Heartland Central District will host the third annual De-Feet Hunger 5K Walk/Run and meal-packing effort on September 12. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, located at 55th Paseo in Kansas City.

After the race, at 9 a.m., volunteers and race participants will work together to pack 10,000 lunches for area food pantries, disaster relief sites, and middle and high school students who are missing meals but are not yet qualified for food assistance programs.

“Hunger is a reality for one in seven people in Kansas City. It takes all of us working together to make a difference and end hunger. More than ten United Methodist churches are working together to plan this one-of-a-kind event during Hunger Action Month,” said Jamie Kapke, chairperson of the event. “It's also an opportunity to spend the day with your family, improve your health and the health of the Kansas City community.”

Racers and meal-packing volunteers can register and learn more online. Participants will enjoy an Air1 live broadcast and entertainment as they assemble lunches; this portion of the morning is free and open to the public.

The race is $35 per person and registration packets can be picked up at Gary Gribble’s Running Sports in Ward Parkway Mall on September 11 from noon until 7 p.m. or on race day at St. James United Methodist Church from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m.

De-Feet Hunger is funded in part by a Rethink Church event grant from United Methodist Communications’ Rethink Church initiative as a way to give local United Methodist churches a chance to make a difference in the world. However, participants do not have to be affiliated with The United Methodist Church – or any church – to participate.

Crowley Furniture, Polsenelli Law Firm, and Kapke & Company are also sponsoring the event.

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About Rethink Church
RETHINK CHURCH is a ministry of United Methodist Communications that encourages congregations to take action outside the church walls by engaging in opportunities that meet critical needs – from literacy programs to feeding the poor, both locally and across the world. At rethinkchurch.org, visitors may interact, learn more about the church, and search for involvement opportunities.

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