GOOP founder, Gwyneth Paltrow, is used to being able to buy whatever she wants, but she agreed to accept the Food Stamp Challenge that chef Mario Batali issued, to live on the food that food stamps would buy for one week. In Gwyenth Paltrow’s case, that means living on just $29 worth of food stamps for seven days. It is all a part of showing support for the Food Bank New York City Challenge, at #FoodBankNYCChallenge.
What did the $29 buy Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow? Very little, though she is a vegetarian, and she is possibly used to eating small, low-cal meals. The food stamps bought Paltrow one sweet potato, one clove of garlic, green onions, an onion, a dozen eggs, corn tortillas, beans, a ear of corn, seven limes, green peas, cilantro, an avocado, kale, and lettuce.
Some people would probably have a difficult time making that last them for just one day, but Gwyneth Paltrow is determined to try to make it last her an entire week. In a tweet, she stated that she was trying to walk in the shoes of people who have to live on food stamps all of the time, “to see how far we get.”
Gwyenth Paltrow is used to the finer things in life, the best that money can buy, and she has showcased some of these expensive but gorgeous items at her GOOP site. Her spring guide is out, and one of the lavish items in it is a Monique Lhuillier bomber jacket. It is a jacket that people living on food stamps likely have only dreamed about owning, if they even knew it existed. The jacket has a suggested retail cost of $2,295. Who needs to eat, when a person can look like a million dollars?
Mario Batali, who has worked with the food bank for years, issued Gwyneth Paltrow the food stamp challenge online. He asked Gwyneth Paltrow to “Use $29 per person for all your food for 7 days.” Perhaps Batali is hoping that the Food Stamp Challenge will become as popular among celebs and sports figures as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was, and will raise both awareness of the problems that poor people face and also will raise money to help provide food for them.
As the founder of the GOOP site, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has sometimes been accused of being out-of-touch with the common everyday person. Paltrow has responded to the criticism by saying that people who say those sorts of things about her have probably never been to her GOOP site. She admits that there are some very expensive items for sale there, but she stated that those who think that the site only offers expensive items have a “misconception” about GOOP. She said that “We have things on there that cost $4.”
Gwyneth Paltrow is attempting to live life in the shoes of poor people for at least one week, by her acceptance of the Food Stamp Challenge that her friend, chef Mario Batali, issued her. Will the Food Stamp Challenge catch on like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge did? Maybe not, as that particular challenge resulted in several imminently watchable YouTube videos, which helped it gain in popularity. Still, the #FoodBankNYCChallenge he issued to Gwyneth Paltrow has helped get his organization much-needed publicity, which is a step in the right direction.
Written By Douglas Cobb