Hating on Gwyneth Paltrow is practically commonplace in the media. She makes up terms like “conscious uncoupling” and is quoted saying that she has it harder than other single moms, so she’s going to get some critics. Even when Gwyneth is trying to do something good, she gets hate.
Gwyneth has decided to live on just $29 for a week in an effort to bring attention to the challenges faced by families who live on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program AKA SNAP, or food stamps. She tweeted out this photo of her groceries.
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
There’s no doubt that this is not enough substance to feel a person full and happy for a week, and shouldn’t that get the point across? That living on food stamps is difficult? Nope, people are pointing out all the ways Gwyneth and others who take the SNAP challenge are dramatizing the effect.
Sure, the SNAP challenge isn’t exactly what it’s like to live on food stamps. The benefits are really distributed monthly, not weekly, so people can buy some items in larger quantities, helping to lower the average cost per meal. Most SNAP recipients don’t rely exclusively on the benefits for food – only 22 percent of the program’s 47 million beneficiaries in 2013 had zero gross income. And those with the benefits usually purchase groceries that are going to fill them up for cheap, not kale.
Newsflash, people. Gwyneth could have just donated some money to the Food Bank For New York City (oh wait, she’s doing that too). Gwyneth didn’t have to give up her $100 steaks and juice cleanses for a week, she chose to in an effort to raise awareness. And she’s doing exactly that.