Well, it’s the Food Stamp diet of $29 that is allowed for a week of meals for one person. That equates to $1.38 per meal. Well, Gwyneth took the challenge to eat on the SNAP (formally known as food stance) allowance of $29 for a week, and we all know she will be snapping her fingers for her personal chef to whip up something fabulous. My heart breaks a little how these celebs are taking on this challenge, as if it is some fad.
The chefs who started this challenge meant well, but it should be for at least 29 days/month for the $29 they allotted for a person to eat. I don’t think they should stop at just food, because poverty extends beyond that. The person, who accepts the challenge should live the life of a person living in poverty. Only by understanding how such a existence shreds every ounce of dignity and hope in a person’s life and how physically hard it is can be, can they even begin to understand.
Gwyneth posted a snapshot of what she purchased with her $29.
Gwyneth says, “We’re walking in their shoes to know how far we can get.”
Well, excuse me, Gwynie, you’re not walking in their shoes. You are barely touching the surface.
Celebrities can choose to accept this and broadcast this to the raptors and make it the next Ice Bucket Challenge, but I believe every senator, congress person, governor and their immediate family should be forced to live a life of a person on government assistance for not one but — three months before they are allowed to pass laws that affect the poor. The only medical care they should be allowed is what Medicaid will cover. They should know what it’s like to have to live without detergent, paper products including toilet paper and toothpaste. They need to know what it’s like at the end of the month, when there is no more stretching of the dollar, and you have to go hungry or without for a couple of days at the end of the month. .