Reality is the fact that a bag of potato chips will still fill-up the pangs of hunger, when a person cannot afford the meat, the potatoes and the vegetables.
When, the bills need to be paid, the expense of good balanced meals does not always fit into a limited budget.
Times are as bad as the GREAT Depression and w/o the support that people need from each other. Living in a rented room, does not always mean, a full-kitchen is available. Being able to eat what one can, until hopefully the clouds lift, is a limited advantage for a lot of people.