A recent US Department of Agriculture report found that Maryland’s food insecurity rate declined to 10.1% in 2016 (down from 13.3% in 2013). Anti-hunger advocates welcomed the news but still say there’s more work to do with the families that are still unable to access food.
“There are a lot of organizations successfully trying to help people facing hunger and poverty,” said Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, a nonprofit established to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health and well-being of children and families. “But these are still challenging times for a lot of people. We will take the good news where we can find it, but the challenge is how can we continue to make progress.”
Wilson attributed the decline in food insecurity in part to a drop in the unemployment rate. State lawmakers recently approved legislation allowing non-violent drug offenders once prohibited from participating in the federal food stamp program to qualify for benefits upon leaving prison.
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