Gwyneth Paltrow is best known for her skills as an actress, but most recently she has taken an active interest in her health and is a strong promoter of detoxes. Recently, celebrity chef Mario Batali, who happens to be a close friend of Paltrow, issued a challenge that is part of the Food Bank NYC Challenge. This challenge is designed to challenge people to walk in someone else’s shoes for one week. (1,2,3)
Gwyneth Paltrow accepts challenge to eat on $29 per week in order to raise awareness about difficulties that SNAP recipients may face.
Recent cuts in food stamps allows recipients $1.38 per meal; this translates to around $29 per week. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has recently estimated this as a reasonable food budget and has coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan. (1)
Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, and Deborah Harry were all nominated for the Food Bank NYC Challenge. Paltrow quickly accepted and her weekly grocery purchase shocked the public. Paltrow showed that for as little as $29 per week you could eat a healthy whole foods diet. Paltrow purchased a wide array of leafy greens, dried beans and rice, eggs, and some veggies and fruit. (1,2,3)
Paltrow shocked the public with her groceries of dried beans, rice, veggies and eggs!
Gwyneth Paltrow is no stranger to cooking. Unlike other celebrities, she does not rely on a personal chef to prepare her meals. She states, “As a home cook, one of the best things I’ve ever done was to build a wood burning oven in the back yard.” (3)
The challenge was designed to bring awareness to the cut backs on food stamps and provide a greater understanding to what families who receive SNAP benefits go through when purchasing food. Paltrow took this challenge to the next level to show consumers that they can eat healthy within the SNAP program budget. (1,2,3)
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