Of-course the absurdity of the study lies in the nature of the questions and the spin that is put on the answers. When you ask people, in a city where eating out and eating well is such a big part of ordinary life, whether they find it "somewhat or very difficult to afford food," an affirmative answer indicates nothing more than people's general disapproval of rising prices.
From this, the studiers conclude that those people are actually "at risk from hunger." And the media faithfully and uncritically trumpet this unanalyzed piece of garbage.
It would be amazing if it were not so par-for-the-course.
There isn't a food bank in the Western world that hasn't put out this exact same story for their particular city at least every six months.
Nothing to see here.
Mrs LJ and self just got finished with a special diet for health (and weight loss, in my case) consisting of a special kind of bean and rice and spices. Totally kept us alive for 10 days, at a cost of about at most .75 a day.
Add a couple of vegetables for another $1, and voila! Cheap eats.