Gwyneth Paltrow, purveyor of organic kale-based smoothies and self-proclaimed "common woman", has decided to take up the ‘Food Bank Challenge’, in which she will attempt to live off a $29 (£19.84) food allowance for a week – the equivalent of what 1.7 million New Yorkers are expected to survive on in the form of food stamps.
But the actress, whose life-style publication Goop was heavily criticised recently for suggesting women should steam-clean their vaginas, has fallen at the first hurdle, despite her earnest attempt at “walking in their shoes to see how far we get”.
This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week. pic.twitter.com/OZMPA3nxij— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015
She had signed up to chef Mario Batali’s challenge to do her part in helping to end hunger in the state; to challenge others to try and live off the small amount of money; and to help put pressure on America’s Congress to redress the cuts that have been made to New Yorkers’ food stamps, now known as SNAP.
Paltrow tweeted a picture of her food shop worth $29 which included a dozen eggs, a pack of black beans, a pack of rice, kale, peas, an onion, an avocado, a tomato, garlic, tortillas, a chilli, lettuce, corn, spring onion, coriander, one sweet potato and seven limes.
Unfortunately for Paltrow, as soon as she showed fans the food she had bought she received a wave of criticism for her particular choices, which were seen as unwise or unrealistic for those living on such a tight budget, while many took her attempt to live as someone who is poorer than they are, as condescending.
Gwyneth Paltrow to prove that people can eat healthy food on $29 per week food stamp budget -- Next up, converting a Prius to run on conceit— OCLegend.Com (@oclegend) April 13, 2015
Yes poor people, Gwyneth Paltrow and her $280M net worth TOTALLY understands your plight to feed your family.— chels - queso queen (@chelsea_elisa) April 12, 2015
Maybe instead of making a scene living as a poor, Gwyneth Paltrow could've donated 1/100 of her $280M net worth to food stamp families.— chels - queso queen (@chelsea_elisa) April 12, 2015
its so cool how celebs (gwyneth paltrow) can challenge themselves to live off a food stamp budget like its a game or something— julianne knight (@jul_knight) April 12, 2015
"Gwyneth Paltrow Will Live on Food Stamp Budget for a Week" revolutionary! if only people who are living off food stamps could do the same,— valentine (@iesrec) April 12, 2015
I hear Gwyneth Paltrow has taken Food Stamp challenge-good. Time 1%ers know how it feels— Maggie Richards (@Maggie10920) April 12, 2015
And BTW-it doesn't take more than going to the store knowing how much your dollar buys and how much a SNAP dollar buys to make a point— Maggie Richards (@Maggie10920) April 12, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow will live on $29 food stamp budget for a week? Wow. I totally misjudged her. What a compassionate down to earth person. #lol— Karen J Larson (@onefunnygook) April 12, 2015
dude gwyneth paltrow is living off a 'food stamp budget' for seven days and I can't imagine anything less useful as a political statement— ♥ (@iiiidler) April 12, 2015
like no shit being poor sucks ass glad you learned that from doing it for one week meanwhile a billion others have done it their whole lives— Amber (@mberdillon) April 12, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow lived Off $29 Weekly Budget in Simulation of Food Stamp Allowance for a month. Oh, thank goodness. She sacrificed so much.— Mike K (@Zepp1978) April 12, 2015
And why is Gwyneth Paltrow buying half a dozen LIMES for this food stamp challenge?! #pendeja— Rebecca Martinez (@BeckyGMartinez) April 12, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow living off $29 weekly budget to simulate food stamp allowance. "Wait - Gwyneth?" "Yes?" "$29. Not $29,000." "Oh."— Chris (@chrisforfree) April 12, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow living off $29 weekly budget of a food stamp allowance. How is her personal chef going to work under these conditions?— Adam Wolf (@AdamWolf77) April 12, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow will do the food stamp challenge for herself, but try feeding children that for a week. It's not that easy.— Lauren Vento (@LifeCoachLauren) April 12, 2015
Some suggested she try the challenge for at least a month instead of a week, to feel the full effects of what it is like to live on food stamps.Reuse content