*Come on now, for an article that talks about Gwyneth Paltrow going on a Food Stamp Diet, you didn’t really expect for me to use a glamour shot, did you?
Its not like she’s trying to be a sexy, mischievous, cool substitute teacher on a popular TV show. Nor is she trying to make music with a handsome legendary music man. No, Miss Paltrow is going bare bones. She is curbing her Whole Foods Market appetite and developing a taste for anyplace that will accept EBT.
In other words, Gwyneth is going on food stamps, y’all.
Now before you run off and tell everybody that one of Hollywood’s sweethearts has fallen on hard times; I’ve got one bit of advice for you.
Gwyneth is doing it all for a good cause.
The Oscar winner confirmed via Twitter this week that she has accepted the #FoodBankNYCChallenge and will live on food stamps for one week — a grocery budget that adds up to $29, or just $1.38 per meal.
Paltrow wasn’t the only star to be invited to participate in the challenge presented by her celebrity chef pal Mario Batali.
Others invited to give it a go were legendary musicians Sting and Deborah Harry of the 70s group, Blondie. Though Harry has accepted the challenge too, no word from Sting yet.
The challenge is being sponsored by the Food Bank of New York. And its purpose is to bring awareness to the fact that “Congress cut food stamps twice since 2013,” leading to an increase in visits to soup kitchens and food pantries.
“New Yorkers can’t afford any cuts to food stamps,” reads a message on the organization’s website.
Gwyneth Paltrow tweets her acceptance of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge.
“The #FoodBankNYCChallenge raises hunger awareness and deepens your understanding about the struggle to afford food on a food stamp budget.”
Paltrow generally shares her gourmet meals on her lifestyle website, Goop, which makes her taking such a challenge even more noteworthy. With this, the actress shows herself to be a good sport as she dumps the fabulous for food stamps.
The photo she shared (above) to exemplify the message shows healthy but meager grocery items including brown rice, black beans, a carton of eggs and veggies.
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