What I saw when I watched this show; I get frustrated with the parents of these hungry kids. It is a vicious cycle of what the parent's are teaching them to eat. Yes, you can say that's all I can afford (ramen, hamburger helper, etc) but that is just not the case. I keep track of grocery costs consistently in my area (which has one of the highest cost of living in the US) A bag of corn or peas from the freezer section costs under a dollar, dried beans are under a dollar a pound, rice is 15.00 for 25 pounds, etc. In major cities discount produce markets have a lot of reasonable produce/fruit, you just have to ask around to find these kind of store locations. The lady shopping with her baby at the convenience store kills me, seriously you are paying 2 to 3 times as much from a store like that, go to the grocery store even if it means a 45 minute train ride and get food that will make 2 or 3 meals for what you paid for the ramen. Flour is cheap, make bread daily, tortillas, noodles. Heck, a pound chicken necks and some water will make broth for soups without all the sodium and chemicals for less money as well.
What a lot of those parents need is some home Economics classes which have been taken out of most high schools, they have no idea how to feed their families and that is why they are starving, not just the lack of food but the lack of knowledge. Just my humble opinion.