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People wait on line standing in squares 6 feet apart at a food bank in Edgewood, Washington, April 4. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

There's been an upsurge in demand for food banks across the U.S. because of the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Why it matters: Feeding America, the largest network of food banks in the U.S., projects a $1.4 billion shortfall over the next six months. "School closures, rising unemployment and rising poverty due to quarantine and stay-at-home orders will disproportionately impact people already at risk of hunger and could result in an estimated additional 17.1 million people experiencing food insecurity, an increase of 46%," the nonprofit said in a statement.

Long lines to receive groceries provided by Feeding South Florida, April 6. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Volunteers distribute food in Harlem, New York, March 28. Demand for food pantries in the city has doubled, per WABC-TV. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
The National Guard has been deployed to assist food banks in Washington state and Louisiana, and in cities across the U.S., including in Columbus, where a member of the Ohio National Guard helps out at the Mid Ohio Foodbank, March 31. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Second Harvest volunteers work a pop-up food distribution line at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, March 21. Photo: Mindy Schauer/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images
Volunteers prepare to pack boxes of food to be distributed to those in need at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., April 1. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando, which said it provided 2.5 million meals for people in the past two weeks, April 6. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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Kevin McCarthy officially endorses Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) officially endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to become the GOP's next House Republican conference chair during a Fox News appearance Sunday.

Why it matters: The GOP has been feuding internally over the fate of the current chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), because of her criticisms of former President Donald Trump, and her vote to impeach him for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Fauci: Vaccines could turn COVID-19 "surges" into "blips"

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "Meet the Press" Sunday that if more Americans get vaccinated in accordance with the Biden administration's goals, COVID-19 surges may be replaced by "blips."

State of play: Last week President Joe Biden announced his goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4, with at least 70% of Americans having at least one shot.