I don't know if you've heard of it before, so allow me to introduce it briefly.
Gwyneth Paltrow was challenged by The Food Bank for New York City's to go shopping for and live on a $29 week grocery budget similar to what those who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs) live on.
Above is the picture of what she purchased. While I'm sure she meant well by participating, no one could find it not ridiculous that she purchased 7 limes, an avocado and cilantro.
Still, many people were forgetting that many food benefits are not used as the sole provider of food for those who receive it, but rather, as a supplement. Still, her statement did not go over well.
This incident led many people to challenge the idea of "Can people really survive on a food stamp budget?"
Considering the conversation we were having, I thought you guys might like to read a few of the articles I found about it.
- It points out that she actually did buy enough calories to support someone who lives her lifestyle (about 1,000 per day) but wouldn't be sustainable for someone who lives and works a more physical life.
- Gives a great example of what someone COULD actually buy for $29 a week and get by on 2530 calories a day.
- Addresses the fact that accomplishing this task because even more difficult if you live in a food desert, and are thus forced to buy food from convenience stores and fast food locations.
- Reminds us that "the bulk of what can be bought with food assistance is brown. In other words, it’s heavy on carbs and low on nutrition."
- Makes a point about how he was able to dot his because it was only for a two week period, and he didn't think he could survive that way.
- Acknowledges that it's not simply more money that people need, but great access to foods that are healthy and filling, not just highly processed, cheap foods that ultimately do people little good.
Anyways, those are just some things I thought were interesting. Obviously, it is possible as millions do survive with nutrition supplement money, but it isn't easy, and it is even less easy to be healthy while doing so. More healthy means less calories, and for many people, that's just not an option.