Gwyneth Paltrow admits that for her food stamp challenge, she would give herself a C- at best.
The actress accepted the challenge from chef, Mario Batali, to live on just $29 for a week with her family in order to better understand what impoverished households go through on a day-to-day, month-to-month basis.
Paltrow announced on her website, Goop, that she didn’t even last the full week. Instead, she made it about four days. “I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice),” she revealed. “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.”
But a lot of people took issue with the food choices Paltrow made with her $29, which she shared on Twitter.
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
People were quick to say they weren’t surprised Paltrow failed, given her purchases, which included cilantro, limes and avocado, which aren’t necessarily smart decisions when on such a limited budget.
— Nieds Dead Horse (@NDH_j_m_f) April 11, 2015
@GwynethPaltrow you're not a very good shopper. $29 can get you way more than that. Limes? Really?
— NationalismIsTheEnemyOfPatriotism (@DrKC4) April 11, 2015
— Nieds Dead Horse (@NDH_j_m_f) April 16, 2015
— DR. SCIENCE (@MoarSpeech) April 16, 2015
I have a google alert set to notify my every time Gwyneth Paltrow is horrible
— flakey jakey (@jakeloganhobey) April 16, 2015
Of course, her attempt wasn’t necessarily about succeeding. It was about raising awareness of the difficulty to live on that low an amount of money, and Paltrow has definitely succeeded at that.