We had both and it worked. The excess commodities help but they can’t provide a steady healthy diet in and of themselves.
I was thinking of this thread yesterday and wondering just how many Americans today grow any significant portion of their own fruits and veggies? How man today would go through all the time and effort to put up a couple of hundred jars of their own green beans, blackeyed peas, English peas, fresh corn etc?
When I was growing up we always had four to eight half mile long rows of summer vegetables. We kept five or six pretty large families fed off it.