Thank you all for replying. I have been thinking about it some more.
One thing I never thought of, which does bring up a good point, Trevor and Robin, is stealing and going to jail or prison, where you could get a good meal and a place to stay. It might take away your freedom like you said, but you don't have freedom if you have no place to call home and are in a case of total loss of self.
I also agree that maybe it shouldn't be called stealing, but instinct, Trevor. Yes, because once you think about it, maybe it really is human instinct that takes over when your body wants food and warmth.
If I had children, I too would want to feed them more than myself. I would probably be driven even more to get food then.
I'll end with what you said, Poet deVine, that there is kindness out there in some people. The trick is to find them. And I'm afraid that that can be hard sometimes. Which I think is pretty unfortunate.