Food is one of the basic needs of survival for humans and all living beings. If a community is close to the city as in a co-share development and people have an income then food is easily accessible. Other communities may be isolated or have an intention to live from the land. Depending on the systems and structure within the community ie. whether there are communal gardens or family gardens can create a feeling of community, as there is greater interaction, or a feeling of tension if people are not contributing equal time.
Sharing food together is an age old ritual of friendship and is another important example of community glue. Some communities eat all their meals together from a central kitchen, whereas in others they may have weekly communal meals or may meet more rarely on an invite basis. Findhorn community has a central kitchen and you have to order your dinner if you plan to be there. Friday night is the night many people choose to eat there and the place is buzzing and alive as people catch up with each other over good food.