To the second paragraph, no. In small towns like mine during the winter fresh produce is sky high. Canned, boxed and frozen are cheap (non organic). Chips and frozen dinners are super cheap compared to a fresh balanced meal. Most store brand can be purchased for $1, and is loaded with junk. But fresh apples are $4.99 lb right now (non organic) and since 1 apple is pretty heavy, you can't get much for 1 lb or a family of say 4.
I have to know where you live that prices are that high. That is highway robbery. I lived in a town of 100 people. The nearby town of 3000 had a grocery store. The prices were nowhere near that high.