Working and having money for your own food and other needs is great, but not when it means a dramatic drop in food quality. Even making reasonably healthy eating-out choices (falafel instead of burgers, bacon & eggs instead of pizza) only mitigates the problem. The issue is that soup kitchens serve homestyle food, cooked with nutrition in mind, whereas restaurants serve dirty restaurant food, with taste and profit in mind.
The result is, right away when we're working and not having time for meal programs, we end up feeling like shit physically, even if we feel more socially accepted!
Just can't wait to be broke again, and have time for it. Seems like in Toronto it's hard to find part-time work, so you're either too busy to even cook at home, or you can't even afford it.