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Gwyneth Paltrow concedes defeat on $29 food stamp challenge
Published on April 18th, 2015 by Gioia & Filed in General. Add Comment

Gwyneth Paltrow has thrown in the organic, brushed cotton towel on her attempt to eat like someone on food stamps.

The posh-living Hollywood actress announced Thursday that after four days of attempting the seven-day #FoodBankNYCChallenge – where participants subsist on just $29 of food for a week — she was finally broken by a craving for chicken.

“As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice),” she confessed on her website, Goop.

Paltrow said she was inspired by celebrity chef Mario Batali to take up the challenge, which asks people to try living off the same food budget that low-income families receive on SNAP, the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps.

When Paltrow posted a picture last week of what she had chosen to buy with her $29, she was immediately mocked. Many were baffled by her shopping choices, wondering why she would stock up on cilantro, kale and seven – count ’em, seven – limes when her dollar would have gone a lot further with a bag of pasta and a few jars of tomato sauce.

Others were angrier, calling her experiment “poverty tourism” that “makes a mockery of those who don’t have a choice.”

Still others pointed out that the SNAP program doesn’t really expect people to get by on just $29 a week, as it’s a supplemental program that takes into account users’ other sources of income.

While Paltrow wouldn’t say that she had failed the challenge – “I would give myself a C-” – she also suggested she never expected the experiment to work. The real purpose, she said, was to raise awareness and money for the Food Bank For New York City, which is trying to fight against food stamp cuts.

“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,” Paltrow wrote.

She said the food system needs to be revised so everyone has a chance at a healthy meal.

“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.”

Source: CTV News

Gwyneth Paltrow tries living off $29 food stamp budget
Published on April 14th, 2015 by Gioia & Filed in General. Add Comment

How tough is it to live off food stamps? Thanks to an online challenge going viral, one celebrity is going to find out.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently posted a photo on Facebook of groceries she had purchased, and wrote, “This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store — and this is what families who rely on SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) have to live on for a week. We’re going to walk in their shoes and see how far we get.”

SNAP — also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income families across the country.

The challenge comes as part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge that’s being promoted by famous chef Mario Batali.

It asks participants to “walk in someone else’s shoes” for one week and “understand what our friends and neighbors are going through,” Batali wrote on the Food Bank for New York City website. The challenge involves living off a food stamp budget of $1.38 per meal.

“We will be better equipped to find solutions,” Batali wrote.

Paltrow also announced that she would be donating to the Food Bank for New York City.

Source: Newsday

Gwyneth Paltrow Accepts The Ice Bucket Challenge
Published on September 1st, 2014 by Gioia & Filed in Extras,General. Add Comment

Our girl Gwyneth accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from Martha Stewart, in support of ALS. She challenged ex-husband Chris Martin and friends Cameron Diaz and Stella McCartney
(By the way, Chris Martina and Stella McCartney already accepted the challenge and made the Ice Bucket video together).


Gwyneth Paltrow Sings Backup for Holly Williams at the Roxy
Published on May 7th, 2014 by Gioia & Filed in General. Add Comment

Talk about getting more than you paid for! Fans at West Hollywood’s famed nightclub The Roxy were treated to an extra-special guest appearance by A-list superstar Gwyneth Paltrow when they attended singer-songwriter Jason Isbell’s show on Monday, April 28.

The Oscar-winning actress, 41, joined Isbell’s opening act, Holly Williams, toward the end of her set, taking on the role of backup singer. “She sang really well and with passion and perfectly on key,” an onlooker tells Us Weekly, noting that the audience got progressively more into it as she performed. “She got a little cheer from the crowd.”

Williams—the granddaughter of legendary country singer Hank Williams Sr., and the daughter of musician Hank Williams Jr.—then took a moment to introduce the Iron Man 3 star, saying, “It’s awesome to have Gwyneth onstage with me. [She’s] such a talented singer, which you know if you’ve seen the movie Country Strong.” (Paltrow played an alcoholic country music star in the 2010 drama.)

The two proceeded to duet on another song, “Waiting on June,” from Williams’ 2013 album, The Highway. “As she and Holly closed the set together, the crowd warmed to her and gave her a huge cheer,” the eyewitness tells Us of the newly single Goop founder, who looked casual in a printed jumpsuit and a black leather jacket.

Paltrow’s vocal chops are fairly well-known by now. Long before she took the stage in Country Strong, she covered the song “Cruisin'” for the 2000 movie Duets. She also has a recurring role on Glee as Holly Holiday, a singing substitute teacher at McKinley High.

Source: Us Weekly Magazine

Gwyneth Paltrow Admits She Enjoys Getting Older
Published on March 24th, 2014 by Gioia & Filed in General. Add Comment

Put Gwyneth Paltrow in the camp of stars aging gracefully.

The 41-year-old said she doesn’t want to do “anything to change my face.”

“I like the fact that I’m 41, that I’ve been through everything I’ve been through. And I like my lines,” the actress told the website Pop Sugar.

But, she added, it’s also important to “look the best version of yourself as you age.”

“You want to age gracefully,” she said. “And I think it’s beautiful to get older, and to embrace the life that you’ve lived, but I also think part of that is wanting to look after your skin a little bit more, and just be a little more proactive.”

Paltrow, who confesses that she’s not much of a product junkie, recently became an ambassador for natural skin care line Restorsea, which she already used because she said it brought “a dewy freshness” to her complexion.

“When they asked me to work with them, I thought it was wonderful because it’s a product that I use every day,” she told Pop Sugar. “It’s a really nice, authentic partnership.”

Mostly, the mother of two takes a common sense approach to taking care of herself.

“I make it part of my life to exercise every day and to try to look after myself,” Paltrow said. “Unless I have something really specific on screen, I wouldn’t do a special diet for a premiere. I try to maintain a healthy, strong body and to look after myself in terms of the food that I’m eating.”

Source: ABC News

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