Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is living on food stamps for a week to raise awareness and money for New York’s food banks.
Paltrow is responding to a challenge launched by celebrity chef Mario Batali, one of the hosts of ABC’s “The Chew.”
“Every New Yorker CAN DO something to end hunger,” Batali wrote on the Food Bank For New York City website. “We challenge you to walk in the shoes of 1.7 million New Yorkers who rely on SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) by taking the #FoodBankNYCChallenge or making a donation to #CanDoNYC today.”
Paltrow’s food choices, though, might not closely resemble the options available to someone struggling to live on $29 a week.
The movie star and lifestyle guru tweeted a picture of the food she bought for $29, including black beans, whole grain brown rice, fresh vegetables, eggs and other healthy choices, TV Guide reported.
Paltrow seems to have missed the point of the experiment.
Health–conscious foods aren’t exactly the top priorities for impoverished families when more affordable foods can stretch their dollar much farther.
Then again, Paltrow was born into wealth as the daughter of producer Bruce Paltrow and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner. She does not know what it means to truly have to rely on public assistance to feed her family.
Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse schooled the actress.
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
@GwynethPaltrow you spend $29 on organic salt and pepper alone.
— Harrison (@Harrison588) April 9, 2015
@GwynethPaltrow suddenly McDonald's horrible & cheap food looks more attractive.
— George Vallaris (@GVallaris) April 9, 2015
@GwynethPaltrow why'd you buy so many limes if you're on that tight of a budget? wtf?
— katrinks (@kathyrinkes) April 9, 2015
— Daryl Tremblay (@DarylT) April 9, 2015
@GwynethPaltrow but they wouldn't buy that stuff! Most would buy the cheapest versions and stuff that stretches further if on a budget!
— Kate Rolleston (@KateRolleston) April 9, 2015
@GwynethPaltrow stay in your lane. this fake charity thing is offensive. go back to doing rich white lady things & leave regular ppl alone.
— yeah, ok. (@melancholera_23) April 9, 2015
That wasn't $30 on food stamps. That was "white privilege, i can bring awareness" shopping @brownskinlady_
— Gina Hoelobrigida (@CeeNCrumpets) April 9, 2015
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