Gwyneth Paltrow is Living off $29 Worth of Food This Week and People Are Not Impressed


To raise awareness and funds for New York’s food banks, 42-year-old actress Gwyneth Paltrow has vowed to participate in Mario Batali’s “Food Bank Challenge.” Here, she’ll be required to live on $29 worth of food for the week, NYC’s weekly food allowance for people on food stamps.


Last week, she tweeted a photo of what she bought for $29.

Since her tweet, she’s been under scrutiny for her choices not being realistic to what a typical person on food stamps buys.

The Frisky notes that if Paltrow ate this for the week, she’d be consuming less than 1000 calories a day.

Rebecca Vipond of The Frisky wrote:

“Nutritionally speaking, this is a vitamin bonanza […] But people who live on [food stamps] don’t just have to get nutrients, they have to get actual calories, because they tend to have very physical lives, doing service labour and taking care of children and not necessarily being able to afford a car and so forth.”

Apart from all the harsh critique, I’m sure we can all agree that at least she’s bringing awareness to a serious issue, right?

Written by Jacob Wagner of NextShark