I've been reading some weeping and gnashing of teeth about the poor folks who will die if Meals on Wheels loses federal funding. Years ago, I broke my leg in five places at my knee. I lived with my dog and had no family in town. I could have prevailed on neighbors but chose Meals on Wheels. It wasn't free but it was reasonable and I got one fairly good meal a day. The rest of the day I made do with quick sandwiches, oatmeal, and beef jerking.
A little over in to my coalescence Meals on Wheels got a new cook. She was a vegan. I started getting a lot of tofu. I cancelled Meals on Wheels and arranged for the truck stop up the road to deliver chicken fried steaks or chiliburger once a day.
I appreciated Meals on Wheels but in my experience it wasn't a life or death welfare program.