Gwyneth Paltrow’s food stamps challenge is in full swing, as she plans to live on a small budget to make a point. For the next week, the actress will be living as if she was poor, according to USA Today. The GOOP founder and actress is the latest out-of-touch wealthy person to publicly chronicle what millions of Americans do every day.
The New York City Food Bank is asking celebs to eat a week’s worth of meals for only $29 — the average amount a food stamp recipient gets.
On Thursday, she went shopping and showed a photo was some vegetables. There wasn’t much, but her experience so far is shocking, according to New York Daily News.
“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.”
Store-brand brown rice, beans, and peas; eggs, tortillas: Pretty normal stuff. Seven limes, an avocado, and fresh bunches of cilantro and kale: Probably less normal for people eating on a severely limited budget. Sounds like it’s taco week at the Gwyneth Paltrow household on food stamps.
She challenged restaurateur Roy Choi to do the challenge next.
Of course, you could just ask a person who’s on food stamps what they eat in a typical week. There are about 46 million of them in the United States. But where’s the fun in that? We’re hoping to see Gwyneth give up and feed the whole family (gasp) instant soup — not that she cares what we think.
For seven sparse days, the actress will dine on a budget of $1.38 per meal, the average cost for those living on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The motivation for the challenge is the threat of cuts to the program, as the Food Bank of New York City writes on its official website.
“Congress cut food stamps twice since 2013, and soup kitchens and food pantries saw an immediate increase in visitors. New Yorkers can’t afford any cuts to Food Stamps.”
Gwyneth Paltrow accepted the food stamps challenge earlier this month, notes CNN. The #FoodBankNYCChallenge raises awareness about hunger and the struggle to live on a budget of just $29 per person for a week. Participants can use coupons, but they cannot use food that was already in their homes or food given to them by others.