Sharon Chen
Sharon Chen campaign leader

Spending Cuts Races: Case Study

Case Study: Food Bank for New York City.

Through our "spending cuts races" activity, Up to Us: NYU has sought to start a conversation on the NYU campus about how the federal debt affects not only students, but also nonprofits. 

NYU wanted to donate to Teach for America, USO, and Food Bank because they were nonprofits in sectors that faced budget cuts. 

Although government spending cuts are likely necessary to preserve our nation's long-term fiscal health,  the questions raised by sequestration include whether spending cuts ought to affect our most vulnerable citizens. 

Case study in point: to reduce the deficit, discretionary programs for food-insecure households are often at risk for cuts. Most recently, the sequestration cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2013 would cut $2.4 million from a fund that helps food banks meet the costs of getting food out to hungry families. In addition, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children would be greatly reduced, putting 600,000 low-income women, infants, and children at risk of hunger and poor nutrition.

Up to Us: NYU is supporting the Food Bank for New York City by raising awareness for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on the Food Bank for New York City's services. If Up to Us: NYU wins the Up to Us competition, they will also be donating a portion of their prize money to the Food Bank of NYC, and the remaining portion to the other nonprofits. 

Food Bank was kind enough to tweet about Up to Us: NYU's cause the other day here... (

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