The problem isn’t them. High-quality ingredients are expensive and time-consuming to prepare when they’re available at all, and people with low wages and long hours—the people most likely to have suffered catastrophic effects of the pandemic, no matter their weight—do not have much time or money to spare.
This is simply insane. I’ll use UK figures just because I know them off the top of my head but the US is similar if not actually better.
The average household food bill is £60 a week (the average weekly grocery bill in the US is $90 a week, average wage is around $25 an hour, maybe $28). The average hourly wage is £14. Four and a half hours work by one averagely paid individual feeds a household for a week.
That’s not expensive food. That’s the cheapest food has been in the history of our entire species.
People talking about expensive food are quite literally insane.