Politicians should be forced to farm, because farmers have to wrestle with reality, and politicians need this experience.
What counts is calories/$ and protein/$. Protein calories tend to be 4 times more expensive than fat or carb calories.
In the homeless system, they have poor awareness of calories/$ and protein/$. The food they serve is inefficient. They could serve twice the people for half the cost if they did the math.
Cows are great. Cows turn grass into dairy products. Without cows, the world economy would collapse. There is much land that is not suitable for farming but is suitable for cattle, hence we need cattle to harness this land.
What counts for feedstock is protein. Soy is the king of protein feedstock, and America is the king of soy. This is one of our Trump cards, and we should use it. The chief importer of soy is China.
For carbs, you need sauce, and the expensive part of sauce is the fat. Fat sources in fat calories/$:
Peanut oil 1450
Sunflower oil 1060
Heavy cream 460
Pork fat 370
The best option is butter. This is butter's cosmic purpose, to most cheaply harness the fat produced by cows.
The most efficient way to feed people is with:
Chicken and pork for protein, and extract the gravy for the carbs.
Rice, because it's the cheapest carb.
Use butter for carbs, because butter is a cheap source of fat.
Use spices for the sauce, because a little bit of spice goes a long way.
Feedstock is important, and politicians should study it. The fundamentals of an economy are energy, feedstock, minerals, and water.
Bird seed, food, animal feedstock, fertilizer, and biomass: jaymaron.com/ecology.html [jaymaron.com]
We had that in our house when I was growing up and we were often on welfare, also had to bring a form to school so the teacher could sign for us to get school supplies...that part was always embarrassing as she would make sure the entire class knew I was on welfare. Back to the cheese, I loved it! It was a lot like Velveeta back in those days but in a block. It was tasty and creamy and nothing quite like it today as far as I know. I haven't had processed cheese in a long time. My mother used to put the government cheese in chicken noodle soup, a practice I continue to this day but the cheese it Kraft or Philidelphia cream cheese. Actually the cream cheese is my go to when having chicken noodle soup these days, don't knock it please because it is a small comfort to me at times.
So...we never got gov cheese directly, because my mother was denied benefits(1), but we did get it indirectly from the schools that received government subsidies, in that they'd let us have stuff they were going to throw out.
Honestly....I liked gov cheese. I know that probably sounds weird, but I did. It had a texture to it that I have never found in another cheese or cheese product that, every once in a while, I'll find myself missing.
(1) Which is another story entirely.