“We’ll take the good news where we can find it, but the challenge is, how can we continue to make progress?”

Maryland is one of 16 states that saw significant declines in food insecurity over the last three years, according to a new USDA report.

In an extensive interview with The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Hunger Solutions’ director Michael J. Wilson highlighted the state’s progress in reducing food insecurity. The change, he says, is due in part to a drop in the unemployment rate, and can also be attributed to policy changes that Maryland has made such as the increase in “hunger free schools” in the state — those that provide free breakfast and lunch to all of their students throughout the school year.