Gwyneth Paltrow Lives on Food Stamps for One Week #FoodBankNYCChallenge

Gwyneth Paltrow food stamp challenge
Gwyneth Paltrow signed on for the #FoodBankNYCChallenge Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Baby Buggy

Quite the change of pace from Goop. Gwyneth Paltrow announced on Thursday, April 9, that she accepted the #FoodBankNYCChallenge to live on SNAP food stamps for one week.

The actress, 42, may be known for selling $1,900 skirts and $200 keychains on her lifestyle website, but she is slimming down her budget for the week. Paltrow accepted the #FoodBankNYCChallenge from advocate Mario Batali, the celebrity chef who also challenged Sting and Debbie Harry to give it a go.

For seven sparse days, Paltrow will dine on a budget of $1.38 per meal, the average cost for those living on food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The motivation for the challenge is the threat of cuts to the program, as the Food Bank of New York City writes on its official website, "Congress cut food stamps twice since 2013, and soup kitchens and food pantries saw an immediate increase in visitors. New Yorkers can’t afford any cuts to Food Stamps."

Chris Martin's ex-wife offered a peek into her challenge week on Twitter on Thursday, sharing a photo of what she was able to buy with the $29 allotted for all meals for the week. Paltrow's grocery store trip includes a carton of eggs, seven limes, a package of tortillas, frozen peas, one ear of corn, one avocado, and one tomato.

"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," the Oscar winner wrote. She went on to extend the life of the challenge, nominating hotshot Los Angeles chef Roy Choi

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