Thanks for that. Food for thought so to speak. I remember hearing the same from my mother as a kid. There are more calories in a Snickers which costs $0.50 (or did at the time) than in $0.50 worth of veggies. If I had no money and were hungry, I would make the same choice too, despite its being unhealthy. It's only logical. Plus, cooking itself isn't free either. You have the added cost of electricity or gas on top of the food. Sad, but true.
I keep meaning to actually update, but yet again I'm moving house and I haven't had much time to myself. The thing that shocked me more than anything else is that there are actually still people in this country that are hungry because they don't have the money for food - where the children eat and the parents don't. It just shouldn't be possible. We aren't a big country, we ought to be able to do something about this and we just don't seem able to. Not that being a big country should be an excuse, but here the areas of poverty sit so close to the rich that something ought to cross over. It worries me.
Yesh, it's the same in the States. However, if you ask the electricity companies if they would be willing to wait on payment because the family can't afford to eat, what do you think the answer would be? Food is unfortunately the one way to "save" money. Sad, but true. It doesn't even matter how cheap the food is, if the money goes on electricity (etc.), it's not there for food at whatever the price.