Gwenyth Paltrow, who seems like the sweetest, nicest lady in Hollywood, is getting a lot of kickback concerning a recent tweet. The celebrity, like many other anti-hunger advocates, participated in the food stamp challenge last week. She had to go grocery shopping with a very small amount of money. In this case, that amount was $29. Here’s what Gwenny tweeted when she returned home…
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
Now personally, I think Gwenyth is doing a noble thing here. She’s trying to spread awareness about the social ills that plague our society. 1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat each day. When you think about it, that’s A LOT of people. According to NBC News, that means over 49 million Americans still aren’t getting enough food to eat. Gwenyth is simply trying to use her platform to shed light on the issues.
But like most things ANYBODY does these days, there will always be some naysayers. They’ll come at you demanding answers, criticizing you, and of course, they’ll tweet at you, voicing their disapproval.
You need to be really out of touch with reality to start a week of groceries with limes, @GwynethPaltrow.
— La Guiri (@laguiri) April 9, 2015
@GwynethPaltrow $29 where?! The farmer's market in Venice?
— Moe (@ChakrasOnPoint) April 9, 2015
The people over at the Food Research and Action Center seemed to appreciate what Paltrow did, however. They made this statement on their website.
“While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low-income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding.”
Funny enough, Gwenny also received harsh criticism about the things she chose to purchase with her allotment. These are the same criticisms that people who depend on food stamps in real life face every day. God forbid they buy a nice juicy steak one month. On the flip side, if they buy loads of Ramen noodles, they’ll be bashed for not eating healthy enough. What a conundrum.
Overall, I think Gwen started up a much needed conversation, and I can’t hate on that. That’s more than I’ve ever done to bring awareness to the hunger problem in America. Thoughts?