the sad reality is she says is its cheaper for her to eat unhealthy than it is to cook or buy whole foods.
I absolutely don't believe that. She definitely could eat a healthier meal at home for less cost than what she gets at Burger King. She could even eat a healthier frozen meal for less than what she pays at Burger King--when Lean Cuisine meals are on sale, for instance, they are only $2.
A lot of elderly people who live alone don't want to bother cooking for themselves, and shopping just for one can be difficult (unless, like osso, you cook and freeze extra food).
A 78 year old should not be forced to eat a fast food value meal every day...
She's not being "forced" to do that. If she's eating at Burger King, it's because she prefers to do that, or it's simply easier for her to do that.
All the senior centers I know of provide a very low cost lunch--a complete meal--and many seniors go to the center for that meal, which may be their main meal for the day, so they don't have to cook, and so they can have a varied diet. And the quality of the food is very good.
I want to live in a country where my taxes help pay for healthy meals for all seniors...
I think your taxes do help to pay for those healthy meals at senior centers, jcboy.