In an attempt to raise awareness about the SNAP program and the food bank crisis in New York City, Gwyneth Paltrow took part in the SNAP challenge. For a week, Paltrow had to leave off of $29 in SNAP benefits, which is typically what a single person in New York City receives.
This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week. pic.twitter.com/OZMPA3nxij
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015
Sadly, Paltrow squandered most of it on limes. Maybe she plans on living off of Margaritas for a week?
In any event, Paltrow is just another rich and famous person trying to raise awareness about something they get to leave behind in a week. These SNAP challenges undermine the real issue many people are facing on the program. First, there are states like Missouri who want to eliminate certain foods from the SNAP program. Then you have the issue of poverty. People making use of SNAP have other things to worry about like overdue bills, lack of employment, lack of childcare, you know…poor people issues. Things that Paltrow won’t have to worry about during her week trial of being hungry.
Sorry, as much as I want to cheer Paltrow on with her SNAP challenge, I’m still reminded of the fact that while she’s eating limes and one avocado for breakfast, she’s still selling $500 Goop t-shirts and is rich.