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Could You Live on $29 a Week?


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
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: