In an effort to bring awareness to the challenges faced by families who live on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — also known SNAP, or food stamps — Gwyneth Paltrow accepted a challenge to live for one week on the food one can buy for $29. (That's $1.38 per meal.)
The idea is part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge being promoted by chef Mario Batali. On the Food Bank for New York City website, Batali asked participants to "walk in the shoes of 1.7 million New Yorkers" for a week and "understand what our friends and neighbors are going through."
Paltrow recently posted a photo on Facebook of her groceries:
"This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store — and this is what families who rely on SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) have to live on for a week," the actress wrote in the photo caption. "We're going to walk in their shoes and see how far we get."
While some people are upset by this move, accusing her of being insensitive to those who are actually forced to live on such a tight budget, we think her intentions are in the right place. She did the best she could with the "allotted" money — buying real, whole foods. Unfortunately, her haul isn’t enough to really feed a single human for a whole week. And that's the point. She's making us aware of what a struggle it is for families who rely on SNAP.
Paltrow also announced that she would be donating to the Food Bank for New York City. If you'd like to help stop hunger, you can donate to the Food Bank for New York City here. Every dollar donated will help the organization provide five meals to New Yorkers in need.
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