I think what some folks don’t get when they wonder how fast food could possibly be cheaper than regular groceries is that they’re looking at the wrong part of the menu.
See, when a reasonably well-off asshole like me goes for fast food, I’m going to get a drink, maybe a side dish, maybe something for dessert, and I’m not even going to look at what today’s deals are - I’ll get whatever I feel like having. In the end, I’ll probably end up spending $12-$15.
When somebody on a real tight budget goes for fast food though, that’s not what’s competing for their grocery money. They’re going straight to the $2 value menu. Yeah, that’s a thing - a lot of folks in my tax bracket aren’t even aware there is a $2 value menu, because they’ve never looked. They’ve never needed to.
And yeah, you can get your groceries quite cheaply if you’re lucky, but can you get them cheaply enough to feed yourself on $6/day? Even after accounting for the gas or transit fares you spent getting to the grocery store in the first place?
Because that’s what the clown is offering.