Colchester's foodbank says demand for their service has increased significantly as the school summer holidays get underway.
They're warning children who get school meals during term time can find themselves facing hunger during the holidays.
Over the last year the Trussell Trust, which runs 420 foodbanks across the country, gave out 129,261 three day emergency supplies to families in the east.
Last year in Colchester, Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe the number of supplies given out during July and August was 3,500 more than the two months before.
Primary school aged children were most likely to receive support from a foodbank last summer.
Last year's report from The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger estimated the loss of free school meals during the holidays adds between £30 and £40 a week to parents' outgoings for one child.