Gwyneth Paltrow Will Attempt to Survive on Just $29 a Week, Takes on New York Food Bank Challenge

Actress shared the pic of her bounty on Twitter

By Lily Harrison Apr 10, 2015 5:22 PMTags
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Gwyneth Paltrow has certainly had her fair share of Michelin-rated meals at swanky restaurants around the globe, but the Oscar winner is switching things up a bit for a good cause.

The mother of two took to Twitter yesterday to reveal that she's joining the #FoodBankNYCChallenge—where she'll rely on only $29 to feed her for seven days.

She posted a collage of food—which included beans, rice, a dozen eggs, a sweet potato and more—and wrote the following caption next to the tweet:

"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."

Paltrow's longtime pal Mario Batali challenged the outspoken actress (as well as Sting and Blondie) to take on the challenge, which was created to help raise awareness for the Food Bank for New York City.

"Every New Yorker can do something to end hunger," Batali told fans in a video on his social media page.

"We're walking in their shoes to see how far we get," Paltrow added on her Twitter page, before nominating a friend to join her.

So why are stars joining the challenge now?

"Congress cut food stamps twice since 2013, and soup kitchens and food pantries saw an immediate increase in visitors," the food bank's fundraising page explained.

"New Yorkers can't afford any cuts to Food Stamps…The #FoodBankNYCChallenge raises hunger awareness and deepens your understanding about the struggle to afford food on a food stamp budget."