A Discussion with Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to welcome Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank, as it's commonly known, is the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. It's been around since 1981. As noted at this nonprofit's website: "Our vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans.... With locations in Tulsa and McAlester, we provide food and other donated goods to 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. These programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and senior citizen centers. Together, we provide more than 346,000 meals each week to people struggling with hunger. During Fiscal Year 2015, we distributed more than 21.6 million pounds of food." As Bradshaw tells us on today's program, while most donations to the Food Bank, each and every year, happen during the holiday season, the time when this organization is at its busiest -- as in, when it has the most hungry people to feed -- is actually now: the summer months. Bradshaw explains why.