With one quick google search I can find dozens of places in New York City that someone needing food to feed their family can go to and obtain free grocieries.
It was simply a matter of the robber not thinking about his options before deciding on the "quick and easy" route of robbing a store.
No excuse for anyone to have to rob someone in order to eat in the U.S.
American Poor = Fat with Cell Phones
African Poor = Skinny, Living in filth, wearing everything they own