A few years ago there was a big kick up about poverty, the working class and what should be done to help people. Recently the media has died down about it all so imagine my joy when I found this old post lying in the dark corner of my site. So let’s make some noise about poverty again!
In America, many people are surviving on food stamps in order to feed their families. #FoodBankNYCChallenge has been started as a way to highlight the struggles for many of these families. The challenge is to shop, tweet your haul and then try to live on it for the week. Every year a celebrity jumps on the bandwagon to show people what you can get for $29 (£19.76) and “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”. In 2015, Gwyneth Paltrow joined in and is tweeting pictures of what she got for her $29…..
Can I just ask this? Is this woman actually mental? No, really. The picture that she tweeted wouldn’t last two days in my house. Or am I just being greedy?
But what can you get for that? Can you feed a family for that? I decided to try it out myself to see if it could be done. I went to my local Iceland to see how much I could get for £19.50
The shopping list
1x bag of pasta £2.50
1x bag of rice £1
2x pizzas £1 each
1x bag of frozen chips 89p
1x bag of chicken £5
1x bag of apples £1
1x bag of bananas £1
1x bag of frozen carrots £1
1x bag of frozen peas £1
1x bag of frozen sweet corn £1
1x jar of pasta sauce £1
1x jar of curry sauce £1
1x packet of instant noodles 50p
From this list it’s pretty clear that you cannot feed a family for a week even on a budget shop. That is maybe four nights dinner, but what about the other three nights? And that doesn’t include basics like bread and milk. I would need an extra £10 on top of that just to make it through the week on basic food. The Food stamp scheme (or SNAP) is meant to help families to buy food for the week but 20% of people on the scheme only have food stamps to rely on with no extra to spend on essentials for the week.
Gwyneth Paltrow and the Half Dozen Limes
This is the thing that is annoying so many people about the choices of Gwyneth Paltrow. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of love for Gwyneth but she fell short on this challenge. I tried to shop as healthy as I could with limited funds but my choices would still be considered unhealthy despite this being the best I could afford. Gwyneth has displayed this incredible picture of healthy food, that despite being within budget, is still unattainable to most people. I would pass out with the lack of carbs in that picture. And what the hell is with all the limes? Did she get a bottle of vodka for Christmas and wants to add some zing to it? Because that is the only logical reason a person with a food budget of $29 would buy limes.
Sorry darling, but you just don’t get it. If you really want to walk a mile in someone’s shoes, then take mine and buy me a new pair. If you what to make a change and help those who live on the SNAP scheme then give them some money rather than annoying us with your diet of limes and lettuce. You will not make it through the week on that unless you are on a diet of vodka and unicorn farts.