Here's how Gwyneth Paltrow failed the $29 food stamp challenge

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Gwyneth Paltrow, a sack of alabaster skin swaddling 206 artisanally curated human bones, has finally found something she's bad at: poverty.

The Oscar-winning actress and founder of lifestyle company Goop recently announced she'd accepted chef Mario Batali's challenge to eat only what $29 could buy her for a full week, the same amount of money provided by the city's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Here's her grocery store haul, which cost just under $25.


But man cannot live on limes alone. Paltrow revealed yesterday that she and her Goop staff, who also took part in the challenge (was that part of their job description?), "only made it through about four days."

Grading her performance a C-, Paltrow says she ultimately cheated with chicken, fresh veggies, and "half a bag of black licorice."


First of all, licorice is an abomination. Second, while it's easy (oh my god, so easy) to make fun of Gwyneth Paltrow, we give her credit for this one.

In addition to personally donating to the Food Bank for New York City, her participation in this challenge has raised awareness of just how difficult it is to feed a family non-garbage food on an incredibly tight budget. In case you haven't been paying attention, it's very, very difficult.


Now, Gwyneth, please order your employees some pizza. They're hungry.

Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.