Cheap Meal Options

McDonald's McChicken sandwich

For homeless individuals, finding access to affordable and nutritious food can be a challenge. If you don't have access to cooking equipment or a kitchen, it can be difficult to prepare meals for yourself. However, there are several options for cheap and easy food that you can get and make without cooking equipment.

Non-perishable, ready-to-eat items

Look for non-perishable items like canned goods, jerky, nuts, and dried fruit that can be eaten on their own. These items are often relatively cheap and easy to find, and they don't require any cooking or preparation.

Fast food dollar menus

Fast food restaurants, like McDonald's and Taco Bell, often have a "dollar menu" or a selection of items that are priced at around $1. These items can be a good option for homeless individuals who are looking for a hot meal at a low price. Fast food has the added benefit of giving the homeless a place to stay temporarily, at least while they eat, which can give some relief from being outdoors and to have access to a restroom.

At McDonald's, the dollar menu includes items like a sausage biscuit, a cheeseburger, and small fries. These items can provide some protein and nutrients and can be a relatively cheap and convenient option for a meal.

At Taco Bell, the dollar menu includes items like a beef taco, a grilled chicken taco, and a bean burrito. These items can provide some protein and fiber and can be a good option for a quick, hot meal.

It's important to note that while fast food restaurants can provide a cheap and convenient option for a hot meal, they may not be the most nutritious or satisfying option. Many fast food items are high in calories, fat, and sodium, and may not provide all of the nutrients that you need.

Here is a list of fast food restaurants that have dollar menu items.

Pre-made sandwiches

Many convenience stores and fast food restaurants sell pre-made sandwiches that can be easily carried and eaten on the go. These sandwiches are often relatively inexpensive and can provide a quick and easy meal option.

Cold cereal and milk

Cold cereal and milk can be a quick and easy breakfast option that doesn't require any cooking equipment. Look for individual servings of cereal and milk that are sold at convenience stores or supermarkets.

Energy bars and protein bars

Energy bars and protein bars are a convenient and portable snack option that can provide some nutrients and energy. These bars can often be found at convenience stores and supermarkets and are relatively inexpensive.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a nutritious and affordable food option. Many cities have farmers markets or produce stands where you can buy fresh, locally grown produce at a reasonable price.

While these food options may not be as satisfying or fulfilling as a hot meal, they can provide some nourishment and energy in a pinch. If you are homeless and in need of food, it's important to know what resources are available to you.

Soup Kitchens and Food Banks

Many cities have soup kitchens, food banks, and other organizations that provide meals to those in need. Don't be afraid to seek out these resources if you are in need of food assistance.

Lisa Li
Author: Lisa Li

I'm the founder and creator of Oklahoma Homeless Resources. I own and manage my own business building websites and designing graphics, called Making The Impact LLC.