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Gwyneth Paltrow

Fails $29 food stamp challenge

Apr 2015

Paltrow writes that her perspective on hunger is forever changed after trying to live on $29 worth of SNAP benefits (food stamps) for a week. She grades her effort with a C-.

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. A few takeaways from the week were that vegetarian staples liked dried beans and rice go a long way—and we were able to come up with a few recipes on a super tight budget.