So you were a single young bloke with no dependents and presumably a safety network if you messed up.I was living rough / sofa surfing in my late teens and broke , my priorities were food , my motorbike and work , got on my feet with no hand outs, I stand by the fact too many have an entitlement disorder ,have the latest everything by all means but dont turn around and say you cant feed yourself ,its BS , the Army feeds its men on less than £3.00 per day , someone on low income can do the same , fresh healthy food is really cheap if you are not idle to prepare it.
The Army? WTF has that to do with households? Do you presume they buy food at retail price? Do you know what economies of scale are? Do the soldiers have to cook it themselves after a day at work?
Again, go and volunteer, meet some of these people and then come back to me.