Could You Live on $29 a Week?

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar winner and lifestyle guru announced on Thursday that she will valiantly attempt to exist on a very non-Goop budget this week by subsisting on $29 worth of groceries.

Why ? Because her friend, chef and former Food Network star  Mario Batali, who is also a member of New York City’s Food Bank board, challenged her to complete the #FoodBankNYCChallenge. The challenge encourages people to spend only $29 on groceries all week to bring awareness to New York City’s food pantries, which received a a surge in traffic once congress cut food stamps benefits.

This is what she bought for a week for $29.

Seven limes????


It’s well and good to try anything for a short period of time but at the end of the week Paltrow knows she can go back to the way thing’s were. Poor people don’t have that luxury and being on food stamps or having to visit a food bank just doesn’t work on the physical but your mental also. Worrying and wondering if you will have enough food for the rest of the month is no fun.  It’s very easy to go down, it’s the going back up that’s difficult. A simple gallon of milk cost $4.95 and a box of cereal $4.50. Most kids would not eat half the stuff she bought, and many adults too. It is no secret I am not a fan of hers  as she promotes luxury on her site.This is a serious subject for me, but I am willing to give her the benefit of a doubt. I encourage others to take up this challenge, document it, and donate what you save to your local food bank.

If you do this challenge, document it, let me know and I will publish it.

Just a note to not forget our Lanark County Food Bank:

Address: 5 Allan St, Carleton Place, ON
Phone:(613) 257-8546
Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
“Communities without Hunger“  is their mission is to provide safe and nutritional food assistance to persons in need  Remember that 1st Annual hike for Hunger is Saturday May 2nd 1-4pm at the Goodwood Marsh Trail in Beckwith.

All donations are welcomed (except expired, opened, or homemade food). They often have a need for certain items, depending on the month or season. Here’s their most recent top 10 items they need to replenish at the food bank:

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. Thanks for this! While it’s true that a vegetarian diet is less expensive, not everyone has the luxury of fresh produce, and many will need things like cereal, bread, milk. It’s a great challenge, though. Happy to see someone with such a huge influence spreading the word. Using her powers for good.

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