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Gwyneth Paltrow takes food stamp challenge; chooses THESE foods to prove $29 a week isn’t enough

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.

Related:

Conservative success: How one state got people off food stamps and back to work.

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Carmine Sabia

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