RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina State Attorney General Josh Stein joined other volunteers on Friday at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to tackle a problem impacting so many families in our state.
According to Feeding America, there are more than 1.2 million North Carolinians facing hunger. One in six children is impacted and one in eight adults is in the same position.
"This cause is critical," Stein said. "Food insecurity affects so many North Carolinians -- 1.4 million people are food insecure; 20%, 1 out of every 5 children, has to worry about getting enough food to eat on a daily or weekly basis."
Earlier this week, the federally funded SNAP program came to an end and food pantries are bracing for a spike in demand.
"I think we're going to see a big increase in food insecurities," said Food Bank Spokesperson Jessica Whichard.
WATCH: Stein speaks at Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
An average of 900,000 North Carolina families were using the benefits and the Carolina Hunger Initiative finds most of the participants have incomes below the poverty line.
Recipients would get a monthly stipend.
"I think losing that $95 dollars or at least at $95 dollars for families, that goes a long way at the grocery stores and I think we'll probably see folks more in need of the hunger relief system," said Whichard.
During this transitional time, the State is covering the cost of the reduced price co-pay for kids in school.