I guess I’m an idiot, because I didn’t realize that everyone would want to talk about Gwyneth Paltrow deigning to try the Food Stamp Challenge, so I dumped the story in Friday’s links. So, let’s talk about it. Apparently, Gwyneth’s dear friend Mario Batali convinced her to try it – the official name for the stunt (it’s a good stunt, but it’s a stunt, let’s call a spade a spade) is the Food Bank NYC Challenge. Batali got Goop and other people to try to live on $29 a week, which is what families living below the poverty line get in food stamps (SNAP) in the real world to spend on food. Gwyneth posted this photo on her 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
Many of you were questioning all of the limes. I don’t really get it either. Maybe she was making a Key Lime pie? Or something like that. Something nice: it’s good to raise awareness of these issues of food insecurity, food inequality and how people below the line actually get to very little money to spend on food for their family. It’s good when a celebrity with a huge megaphone calls attention to those issues.
Something not nice: Gwyneth really isn’t the best advocate for this or any cause involving food, hunger or anything relating to peasants. She blows all of her imaginary SNAP money on limes and then she goes out to lunch at Tavern in Brentwood. These photos – of Gwyneth in what looks like navy and white pajamas – are of Gwyneth going out to eat on Saturday. Yeah, way to raise awareness, girl! “I’ll just post some photos of all my lovely limes and then go out to eat. I’m famished! Trying to care about fat peasants is exhausting.”
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.