Preparations are underway for Darien's fifth annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event, which will take place Oct. 19 and 20 at Middlesex Middle School.

The event is hosted by Darien's 11 local churches and co-sponsored by the Council for Darien School Parents.

In 2012, more than 1,000 children and adults from Darien volunteered their time to put together more than 240,000 MannaPack Rice, enough to feed 657 starving children a meal a day for a year. Meals packed in the 2012 Darien FMSC event were sent to needy children in Ghana and El Salvador.

Since the first Darien FMSC MobilePack in 2009, the Darien community has packed more than 1 million meals. The goal this year is to pack 200,000 meals more than that total.

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The cost to buy the bulk food, prepare the meals and package them is $44,000. Approximately 1,000 volunteers will be needed. Groups and teams are encouraged to sign up together and help prior to the event with fundraising. Children 8 and older can participate in actually packing the meals. Volunteer sign-up will begin in late September. In addition, a service of prayer and dedication will take place on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 988 Post Road, Darien, hosted jointly by Calvary and Encounter churches.

For information on how to donate or volunteering, contact Stella Clarke at stellaclarke@msn.com. For information about Feed My Starving Children, visit www.fmsc.org.