Gwyneth Paltrow took to twitter this past weekend to announce to her fans that she had accepted the #FoodBankNYCChallenge presented by chef Mario Batali. The challenge asks people to live on a food stamp budget of $29 for a week to raise hunger awareness and deepen an understanding of the struggle to afford food on that kind of  budget. Paltrow tweeted her acceptance of the challenge and then a picture of the food she purchased with her $29.

Today's Trending Topic: Gwyneth Paltrow is taking the #FoodBankNYCChallenge to eat on just $29 a week like the families on food stamps. What do you think about this, and could you do it?

Posted by 94.9 WHOM on Monday, April 13, 2015

The question at hand however isn't whether these programs should exist, but whether they are truly beneficial to the individual receiving them. And in the case of the Food Bank Challenge in NYC, the question being asked is could you live on just $29 a week?