How insulting is it for poor people to be reminded just how much life sucks, how hard it really is by insanely rich and born privileged people.
Enter Gwyneth Paltrow, whose heart was in the right place but when she posted pictures of what $29 a week (for her) buys at the grocery store, the Internet erupted with criticism.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali nominated Paltrow and musicians Sting and Deborah Harry for the challenge through a video. This video has since been taken down.
Paltrow has never been poor, She has never had to figure out a workable budget to pay bills, rent, and keep food on the table while working a set schedule. Or be without health insurance or forgo medical treatment because she could not afford it. Her heart seems to be in the right place but like all good intentions, the path to hell was paved.
In a tweet Friday, Paltrow shared her grocery purchase, expensive leafy greens, limes, dried beans and rice, purchased for the amount a person living on food stamps is allotted each week, she wrote. This perishable pile demonstrated that someone who has never had to figure out actual meals, or buy inexpensive proteins and enough food to fill bellies for a sum of cash she might spend on a bag of organic cherries in passing.
Her participation is part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge.
The challenge urges participants to use only $29 for all the food a person eats for seven days.
“For one week, walk in someone else’s shoes,” Batali is quoted saying on the Food Bank for New York City’s website. “By truly understanding what our friends and neighbors are going through, we will be better equipped to find solutions.”
The effort is in response to recent cuts to food stamps. “Congress cut food stamps twice since 2013, and soup kitchens and food pantries saw an immediate increase in visitors,” the site explains.