(PCM) Now that the New York Food Stamp Challenge come to an end, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she failed. She confessed via her lifestyle website, Goop.com, that she actually failed the challenge in only four days. She claims that she broke down on day four and purchased some chicken, fresh vegetables and half a bag of black licorice.
For those that recall, the New York Food Stamp Challenge was put in place to see if celebrities would be able to survive living off the city’s small $29 a week food stamp budget. The goal of the challenge was to bring about awareness and raise much needed funds for the cities food bank.
Last week, Paltrow who was challenged by her good friend Chef Mario Batali via Twitter, posted a photo on Twitter of her $24 worth of groceries and stirred up quite a bit of backlash with the image. She was criticized because her purchases were non-realistic for someone who was living on such a meager budget and proved just how out of touch she was with the real world.
Paltrow said online that she would give herself a “C-” for the challenge and goes on to say “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. I’m not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I’m saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives.”