Gwyneth Paltrow Fails Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow had accepted the challenge to live on the food budget of the average person on food stamps, and after four days could not continue it, the Washington Post reported. The challenge was to live on the $29 per week that is the amount the average recipient of food stamps receives per week.

“The multimillionaire mom was derided last week when she accepted the #FoodBankNYCChallenge from celebrity chef Mario Batali. The idea is to experience how difficult it is for families to live on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — better known as food stamps. So she set out with $29 — the amount the average person on food stamps receives — and every intention of showing those strapped for cash how to do it,” the Washington Post reported.

Paltrow took the $29 to the supermarket and came home with a dozen eggs, black beans and brown rice, and a variety of fruits and vegetables including seven limes. Apparently, no healthy and nutritious meat products were purchased at all. Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t even purchase any bacon to eat with those eggs.

“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),” Paltrow wrote on her blog, GOOP. “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.”

The items purchased would have supported a 1,000 calorie per day diet, the Washington Post reported, according to the Frisky’s Rebecca Vipond Brink. Others referred to it as being considered a “detox recipe.”

Speaking about failing the challenge, the extremely wealthy actress addressed the issue of income inequality.

“I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace,” Gwyneth Paltrow opined, “Sorry to go on a tangent, but many hardworking mothers are being asked to do the impossible: Feed their families on a budget which can only support food businesses that provide low-quality food. The food system in our beautiful country needs to be subjected to a heavy revision — it is a cyclical problem, with repercussions that we all feel. I’m not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I’m saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives.”

After four days, Paltrow could not continue to live off that kind of food budget and abandoned the challenge to do so.

USA Today reported Paltrow as saying, “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 Paltrow followed up failing the challenge by having an $80-a-plate dinner, the Inquisitr reported, “Days after admitting defeat in a widely publicized challenge to subsist on a $29 a week food stamp budget, actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at an $80 a plate barbeque restaurant in Los Angeles with her celebrity friends, according to the National Monitor.”

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