In a tweet Thursday, the 42-year-old actress wrote, "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."

In a tweet Thursday, the 42-year-old actress wrote, “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.”


Gwyneth Paltrow is planning to live on $29 in food stamps for a week.

Gwyneth Paltrow, will be taking a break from being a super rich celebrity to live the life of a poor person.

The actress, 42, is the latest out-of-touch wealthy person to publicly chronicle what millions of Americans do every day. The New York City Food Bank is asking celebs to eat a week’s worth of meals for only $29 — the average amount a food stamp recipient gets, reports US.

On Thursday, she posted a photo of her grocery store haul.

“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,” she tweeted.

Store-brand brown rice, beans, and peas; eggs, tortillas: Pretty normal stuff. Seven limes, an avocado, and fresh bunches of cilantro and kale: Probably less normal for people eating on a severely limited budget. Sounds like it’s taco week at the Paltrow household! (At least she won’t get scurvy?)

She challenged restaurateur Roy Choi to do the challenge next.

Of course, you could just ask a person who’s on food stamps what they eat in a typical week. There are about 46 million of them in the United States. But where’s the fun in that? We’re hoping to see Paltrow give up and feed the whole family (gasp) instant soup — not that she cares what we think.

People Say She’s Out Of Touch

On Facebook, one user wrote that $29 a week doesn’t cut it.

I’m sorry, but if I had only $29 for a week of groceries, I would not be buying limes and avocados or Romaine lettuce. I would shop at cheaper stores. If I had to start with nothing, here is my menu going from prices at my local stores: Eggs, bread, 3-4 potatoes, small bottle of oil, salt, Hamburger, 1/2 gallon of milk, 2 cans of vegetables, instant oats, bacon, a small bag of dried beans, a can of tomatoes, a can of chili beans, 2 pks of sliced meat, a package of sliced cheese and an onion. If there was anything left, I would get 1 head of lettuce and a tomato and cheap margarine and a lemon.

Another user wrote:

i am single with no children, when i was making minimum wage 4 years ago, i qualified for $200.00 a month in food stamps. people with children receive much more than that! i ate like a pig and gained about 20 pounds. as soon as i got a better job making $10.00 an hour, i no longer qualified for food stamps and came back down to an acceptable weight. i don’t know anyone on food stamps who only receives $29 a week unless they also have a job making more than minimum wage. and if they are making more than minimum wage, well then maybe you can afford the food you want and just get off of food stamps completely.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and what was previously called food stamps. It provides food assistance for nearly 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers including families, the elderly and the disabled, according to New York City’s Human Resources Administration.

The #FoodBankNYCChallenge is meant to raise awareness about hunger and the struggle to live on a budget of just $29 per person for a week.

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