Gwyneth Paltrow Criticized For Food Stamp Challenge

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Gwyneth Paltrow is facing some criticism for a challenge she’s chosen to take on, in which she’s attempting to live on a food stamp budget of just $29 a week.

The Food Bank for NYC started the challenge, recruiting celebrity chef Mario Batali, who’s also on the Bank’s board. He then nominated several other celebrities for the challenge, including Paltrow.

“She is making a decision to walk a week in the steps of 47 million Americans,” Margarette Purvis, Food Bank NYC CEO, told TODAY.

The actress posted a picture of the groceries she picked up on the limited budget, which included a fair amount of healthy choices. This drew criticism from many on social media, who argue that an actual food stamp recipient wouldn’t have been able to buy such healthy foods.

This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—and this is what families who rely on SNAP (formerly known as food…

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“Can we see the recipes for the 21 meals you made out of this food?” one Twitter user asked.

“I think the criticism actually brings up a very interesting point, where there’s this trade-off for many families–‘Do I buy calories or do I look for more nutrients?'” Michael Flood, CEO of the L.A. Regional Food Bank, said.

Whether or not Paltrow’s grocery haul is realistic, the topic has become a discussion in the media, even if it ends up being a short-lived one. Drawing attention is a step in the right direction.

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