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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

They laced up their tennis shoes, ran a 5K, and then went to work helping Harvesters food bank.

De-Feet Hunger is a unique run. First, runners hit the streets, and then went to the table as hundreds gave back to the community Saturday morning.

"It's really important to give back to the community and make it a better future," said Miles LeBlanc.

Miles, 11, is one of the younger runner-volunteers at this year's De-Feet Hunger 5K run and walk.

"After we ran we came here and worked to prepare lunches," he said. "I was moving boxes."

This is the first year a 5K run was added to the annual event. De-Feet raises money through race entry fees and then puts runners to work, preparing sack lunches for Harvesters.

"The idea was, if we could get more community involvement, people outside the church and more notoriety, the 5K is a big thing and Kansas City is great for that," said Scott Leigh, the De-Feet Hunger chairman.

Leigh said adding the race drew a much bigger crowd.

"We are extremely happy. We were hoping for 200 runners. We got 300, and we'll have up to 1,000 packing lunches today," he said.

De-Feet Hunger is the way the Heartland Central South Districts of the United Methodist Church participate in Service 2013. About 800 churches across Missouri are doing community work this weekend.

"My church, Central United Methodist, is really focused on doing service in the community. You can have some fun running and come out and help some people, do something that makes you feel good about your day," said volunteer and runner Victoria Kandt.

Kandt said she hopes to see the event grow.

"Look how many people are out here, it's great. It's just the first year, and I think this has a lot of potential," she said.

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