“If there’s a need out there, you want to be meeting it. To that end, growth is a good thing, but we’d like to see the need shrinking.”

– Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, on the tenth year of the food bank’s Food for Kids backpack program, which sends home a backpack of additional food for food-insecure students over the weekend. The program, which reached 500 students per week when it began, served about 7,000 students per week at the end of the 2014-2015 school year (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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