I figure there using someone else's net and likely own a dog and ran out of food and have no money to buy more.
They might be on a waiting list for food stamps and not approved yet or having difficulty getting approval.
We have had a bad situation where we had no money and no food but there are better ways to get it.
Many Churches will give it out when in need, but more and more are going by refferal only now. So in a situation like that look for newspaper adds and events that give out food for familys with money trouble. During summer there is a children free lunch program in many of the parks for low income families...not sure if they still do it but my parents were very poor when I was growing up.
If a Church refuses you due to a referal issue, explain to them that you cannot get one and that would gladly work for them for food -Trim bushes, do windows, sweep, vac, ect.. they might be able to make an exception.
When My sister had her divorce and lost everything it was pitiful that many churches turned her away during the foodstamp waiting perioid, Thankfully I was doing fine and was able to buy her food but if not for me she wouldn't have had any at all.
Also if your out of work or looking - It might be embrassing but ask local gas station managers or other managers if they have any temp position, window washing, lawncare, ect you can do for some cash to buy food while you wait on gov aide.
Or If you have a lawnmower or some other skills try offering those on craigslist in services or on local flyers posted on grocery store & Gas station Bill Boards.
There are also the programs you can get refferals from but trust me they take so long that your starving the entire time while they "Process Papers" often weeks.
So when you lose a job and are stuck in a pickle try those methods, also if you have something of value and know your employment situation is temporary pawn shops can help so can ebaying items at friends houses, or having yardsales on things you can live without.
Its never fun to be broke but it happens. There's always a way to turn things around if your determined enough.
Though college I did lawnmowing and haircuts for a little food money when classes and travel took it all. Ramen doesn't have the nuturtion most people need.
Try this instead. Get a 8 pound bag of rice.... several dollar packs of veggies...that is if you still have power and a fridge... dollar tree baggies and any meat on sale cheap.
Divide the meat and veggies into small portions to flavor the rice and freeze them. Use as needed.
You can make a TON of food for 20.00 total Like a months if you do it right and get your meat on sale! There are other ways but this one gives you Grain, Veggie mix, and meat...Far more of your primary needs than Ramen will ever meet.
If you feel better you do better. :) So try that rather than ramen, your body will thank you! And most of us can find some way some how, something to sell or some service to do to get 20.00