'My perspective is changed forever' - Gwyneth Paltrow fails $29-a-week food challenge
Published 17/04/2015 | 07:48
Actress and healthy eating advocate Gwyneth Paltrow could not survive on low income and lasted only four days
Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she failed in an attempt to feed herself and her family for a week on $29 (approx €27).
When she accepted the challenge recently the Oscar-winning actress turned lifestyle guru was ridiculed on social media for her low calorie choices including seven limes and a bunch of coriander.
Now, she has conceded that the food didn't last and she only made it to four days before giving in and tucking into a bag of licorice.
Paltrow (42) had taken up the challenge after it was posed by celebrity chef Mario Batali in an effort to raise awareness and money for the New York City Food Bank.
The amount of $29-a-week was picked because that is how much families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receive.
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
Writing on her Goop blog the actress gave her self a C- for her effort.
She said: "As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice).
"My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days - a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year."
She added: "I know hunger doesn't always touch us all directly - but it does touch us all indirectly. After this week, I am even more grateful that I am able to provide high-quality food for my kids. Let's all do what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege."
The week after her failed attempt Paltrow was photographed at an $85-a-head dinner at a Los Angeles restaurant.