With the coronavirus pandemic still impacting many people's daily lives, a major focus is on those going hungry.
US Senator Amy Klobuchar says Minnesota will soon face a hunger crisis.
She's seeking for more federal funding for a program that helps people in need to buy food.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food benefits to families in need.
Klobuchar said Second Harvest Heartland recently released projections on food insecurity projections in Minnesota.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, one in every 11 Minnesotans has faced hunger issues.
Come August, it's expected one in every eight Minnesotans will.
That's why she's calling for a 15 percent increase in federal funding for the state's SNAP program.
"You have some fundamental rights and one of them should be to not go hungry," Klobuchar said. "We've always believed that in Minnesota, it's one of the reasons our state is so strong in helping each other."
Klobuchar hopes to pass the HEROES Act in the Senate by the end of the month. The act would provide funding for the SNAP program, as well as a second stimulus check, broadband support, and debt relief, among other things according to congress.