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Gwyneth Paltrow Failed the $29 Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow Failed the $29 Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when she told the world that she was going to only eat $29 worth of food for one week to raise awareness for a NYC food bank and now she reveals she failed the challenge.

“Last week, chef (and great man) Mario Batali challenged me to raise awareness and money for the Food Bank For New York City by trying to live on $29 dollars for the week (what low income families on SNAP are trying to survive on). Dubious that I could complete the week, I donated to the Food Bank at the outset, and all of us at the goop office began the challenge,” the 42-year-old actress wrote on her Goop blog.

“As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice),” Gwyneth added. “My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days”a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year. A few takeaways from the week were that vegetarian staples liked dried beans and rice go a long way”and we were able to come up with a few recipes on a super tight budget.”

Gwyneth also touched upon the unequal pay in the workplace and how that affects families not being able to put food on the table.

“I know hunger doesn’t always touch us all directly”but it does touch us all indirectly. After this week, I am even more grateful that I am able to provide high-quality food for my kids. Let’s all do what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege,” Gwyneth concluded. Read the whole piece now on Goop!

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  • mgk1177

    And that’s why so many poor people are obese…the cheap stuff is all prepackaged/frozen/processed foods. You can buy like 4 frozen pot pies for the same price as 1 bag of lettuce!

  • Courtney Kennedy

    that’s incorrect the rate of food stamps is different state by state in Massachusetts for example it’s 180 dollars which is $41.48 a week so NYC must get less if the recipients are expected to live on 29 dollars a week. Gwyneth and her ilk are too high and righteous to succeed at a challenge like this

  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    She ate 7 limes in 4 days.

  • jack

    actually a bag of lettuce is a lot less than 4 frozen pot pies. visit the produce section next time. it’s the expensive non-necessary stuff like fruits, etc. that cost a lot (LIKE MAYBE A BUNCH OF LIMES??? jesus paltrow). the reason why poor people are often obese is because they’re working 2+ jobs at odd hours while trying to put food on the table for probably at least 2+ children. They don’t have time to cook a nutritious whole meal. Their number one priority is feeding their children and themselves so they can go to work and bring home the little money they get. They’re trying to survive – they don’t have the option to thrive. honestly, lets talk about raising minimum wage and having consistency across the board for stable food stamp amounts through the states.

  • j b

    A dumb white rich bitch like her could never survive a week on food stamps. It was a joke that her rich friends would bother doing that. As she said she missed her chicken and fresh vegetables. If they were betting on her in Vegas it would have been 1/9 that she failed and 1000/1 that she succeeded.

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