qotd 09/15/17

“Most don’t consider hunger to be an obstacle. It’s hard to unless you’ve been there. If it weren’t for SNAP, I’d probably be homeless. That’s not easy to say, I’m a proud man. Unless you’ve been there, you wouldn’t understand. All you can do is focus on when you might eat again or how you are going to come up with $40 to stay in a cheap motel one more night. This is why SNAP is important to me and people who need it.”

– Tulsan Bryan Parker, testifying before a Congressional committee on the importance of SNAP (food stamps). Parker, a veteran, is now part of the Lobek Taylor Culinary Trade Program offered at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (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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