Food occupies a central place in daily life. The gathering, sourcing, sharing and distribution of food during the pandemic is documented here. Ways of preparing and cooking food can be expressions of culture, place and identity. Cooking can be a chore or it can contribute to a sense of happiness, health and wellbeing. Food offers a lens through which to view how society treats its most vulnerable members. Many asylum seekers and refugees experienced hunger during lockdown. Through food banks and acts of kindness, many expressed solidarity and care.