WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Nearly 300,000 children are at risk of going hungry during the summer months in central and eastern North Carolina.
These students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, which keeps food in their bellies while school is in session.
However, during summer break, many children don't know where they'll get their next meal.
There are efforts underway to make sure little ones don't go hungry this summer.
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is running a program called "Stop Summer Hunger."
Jeff Rose, the executive director of the Wilmington branch of the organization, said the Food Bank serves needy in the 34 counties, including New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Columbus counties.
He said during the summer months, when the need increases, donations tend to drop.
He's hoping to keep that from happening this summer.