For many, what they get at school is their main - or sometimes only - meal of the day.
To try and combat the problem, the food bank announced the continuation of its summer campaign to help feed hungry children in NC on Tuesday.
It says the purpose of the Our Kids Summer Stock Campaign is to stock the food bank's shelves with enough food to feed 250,000 children this summer.
Last year, the campaign raised more than $185,000, which was a record. The goal this summer is to raise more than $200,000.
With the money raised, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will "provide fresh produce, healthy grains and nutritious proteins to summer feeding locations run by local food pantries, soup kitchens and daycare facilities throughout our region."
Ninety-seven percent of every dollar raised goes directly to food bank programs.
For more information about the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina or to make a donation, click here.