Gwyneth Paltrow Eats On A $29 Dollar Food Stamps Budget: Takes Sincere Stand Against Hunger Or Crafts Self-Interested PR Move?

Did Gwyneth Paltrow Put Her Food Stamp Challenge On Hold?

Gwyneth Paltrow, worth a cool $140 Million, has taken her stand. The actress has chosen to live for a whole week on food stamps….Well, not food stamps but the estimated amount of food stamps for a given week of $29.00. This came about because of The Food Bank for New York City Challenge – and her joining in has made some serious waves…but should it?

The short version is that Gwyneth is doing this for hunger awareness. The people that have a problem with it think that it is a bit sarcastic, short sighted and, well, dumb. Let’s look at both sides of the Oscar winner’s issue here.

Gwyneth does have a huge name in the celebrity world and her joining the challenge will bring attention to it. In fact, here we are talking about it right now. Paltrow is committed to the challenge and she even went out and bought her groceries.

The list was made up of tortillas, eggs, rice, beans, peppers, peas, cilantro, limes and veggies. Interesting choices to be sure.

Gwyneth is going to suffer here, people. She is attempting to relate to a section of the population within which she will, almost certainly, never find herself. Which brings us to the reason people seem appalled. (Just check out Twitter)

Gwyneth is so rich that she could literally make a massive difference with a donation. Gwyneth could work at a food bank. Gwyneth could get out there and raise awareness with her presence. Instead, she chooses to dedicate her time to this one small challenge, which some might view as slightly self-important. Why, oh why, would she pretend that eating on $29 for one week would make her aware of anything? The real issue with food stamps and the hunger that follows is not going to be seen or felt eating like this for a week. You can’t be a multi-millionaire and reproduce the situation like that – not with a mere “challenge” and knowing that, next week, you’ll be able to eat like the A-lister you are.

People that starve live in boxes. People that starve eat poorly; it is a cumulative effect. Gwyneth will still be healthy, live in her mansion, and be able to comfort herself in her week-long commitment to hunger. There really is no comparison.

To Gwyneth’s credit, her intentions were likely very good. The real issue here is that Gwyneth is not built for the part. Paltrow is rich.

When the rich “imitate” the poor, it is mocking behavior to the poor. If you want to help, don’t pretend you are like them, Gwyneth. Reach out to them instead. Raise awareness by funding solutions or touting those that do. We have a feeling she’s using this challenge for her own publicity, and publicity of the GOOP brand, just as much as she’s doing it to raise awareness for this campaign.

What are your thoughts surrounding Gwyneth’s underlying motivations? Do you support her, or do you think there are other things this high-profile celeb could be doing to raise awareness besides choosing to eat beans for a week?

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6 responses to “Gwyneth Paltrow Eats On A $29 Dollar Food Stamps Budget: Takes Sincere Stand Against Hunger Or Crafts Self-Interested PR Move?”

  1. Jan says:

    She disgusts me. There are people who don’t have $5 a week to eat on, and she wants to make it look like it is a big feat to eat on $29 a week? What she should do is go take her $140 million dollar wealth and go everywhere she can and hand out money to poor, starving, homeless people who have nothing. It is an insult to everyone’s intelligence that people have actually made this bitch worth $140 million dollars.

  2. bloop says:

    That’s ridiculous… people rag on her for being a rich, white-woman preaching about eating healthy. Now that she’s trying to see what it’s like to be on the opposite side of the spectrum you’re going to call it offensive? Newsflash: she’ll never know what it’s like to actually HAVE to live on 29$ of food per week… she’s worth 140mil… she’ll NEVER even know what it is to eat on an “average” budget. Accepting the “food stamp challenge” is the closest someone like her can ever get.

    And you know what, how terrible of you to shame this. I could care less about Gwyneth Paltrow trying to enlighten herself and be “just like us”… what I do care about is the attention this is bringing to the fact that many people HAVE NO CHOICE but to live on 29$ of food a week (and often less). Any way, any how we can bring attention to that is good in my book. We NEED to change food inequality, it starts with awareness. There’s nothing offensive about awareness.

  3. Zelda says:

    You must be joking – she won’t even buy the normal food that the chronically hungry are forced to rely on. Limes? Really?

    Even families who supplement their grocery budget with public assistance wouldn’t think of buying what she bought – because they CAN’T. It’s all about getting the most food for the least amount of money. That means lower quality bulk meats, sugar-filled bulk cereals, high-salt prepackaged snacks when they go on sale, etc.

    Of course, Ms. Paltrow would murder her children and off herself if she had to subsist on what the working poor are forced to feed themselves. She’s said as much in her haughty, snotty interviews.

  4. Amwrby says:

    First of all, I’m not on foodstamps. I have a family of 5 and we eat for $29 per person per week or sometimes LESS. On top of this, I work to pay for this food myself just as Gwyneth has. She is bringing attention to a cause whatever it may be but the attention is gained from all perspectives thus everyone benefits in some way. Maybe if the government didn’t entitle people to such luxuries people like Gwyneth might feel the desire to donate but from my perspective (and I’m not rich) the government is doing more than enough. And exactly who do you think funds that money?

  5. Amwrby says:

    What’s so wrong with tap water. I’m sure she has a great purification system in her house. Our government also spends tons of money everyday ensuring that everyone has clean water supplied to our homes of which if you are on foodstamps the government probably also pays for. Not only do they pay for that home but they have regulations to make sure that the home is held up to certain standards (not a box).

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