Actress Gwyneth Paltrow admitted in her Goop newsletter to failing the Food Stamp Challenge that chef Mario Batali presented her after attempting to do it for around four days. The Food Stamp Challenge was intended to last for an entire week. Mario Batali challenged Paltrow to live on $29 worth of food for a week, to help raise awareness of the week in and week out challenges that low income families experience.
To Gwyneth Paltrow’s credit, she readily accepted her friend, Mario Batali’s, challenge to purchase $29 worth of food per person and live on it for a week, like people who are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) do, every week of the year. However, when the word got out about what the GOOP founder purchased with the $29, Paltrow immediately became the subject of criticism and ridicule by many people who believed that the actress had no idea what food choices were the best ones to make when faced with such a restrictive budget.
Gwyneth Paltrow shared a photo of the food that she had bought with the $29. When people who viewed the photo saw that she had included food choices such as cilantro, green onions, an avocado and seven limes in her photo of the food that she had purchased, Paltrow became the subject of comments questioning why she thought that those items were really the wisest ones for her to have bought, under the circumstances.
The Iron Man actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, said that she would give herself a grade of “a C-” for having lasted as long as she did before breaking down and admitting that she ate “some chicken and fresh vegetables” as well as “half a bag of black licorice.” People who have criticized her would probably more likely call both her initial purchase, and then ending the challenge as early as she did, an epic fail.
There were some who criticized Gwyneth Paltrow for supposedly taking part in a “publicity stunt.” In all fairness to her, she accepted the Food Stamp Challenge in good faith, and she did not use an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card or actual food stamps to buy the food.
She also urged everybody at GOOP to participate in the same challenge, and realizing how difficult the task might be beforehand, she donated money to the Food Bank before she began the Food Stamp Challenge. Despite Gywneth Paltrow’s failure to last out the week-long Food Stamp Challenge that chef Mario Batali issued her, not only did Paltrow’s own perspective change, but her efforts were successful in bringing the attention of a lot of people to the plight that lower income families face in simply buying enough nutritious food to survive.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow readily admitted that she failed the Food Stamp Challenge, but she seems to have learned something from her brief experience at trying to survive on just the amount of food that $29 can buy. Gwyneth Paltrow definitely realizes now, if not before, that feeding low income people with very little money is a huge challenge. She said in her GOOP newsletter that the NYC Food Bank did a great service, providing, as it does, over 63 million meals every year. She added that we should all do “what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege.”
Written By Douglas Cobb