Healthy food does more than nourish our bodies. Sitting down to a meal is part of being human, and sharing good food with others connects us. This fundamental role of food in people’s lives is denied every day to men and women in prison when meals become another form of punishment — unhealthy, unappealing and sometimes inedible. The adverse impacts of eating while incarcerated affect people long after their reentry into the community. It is time to re-examine the message we are currently sending to and about some of the most vulnerable members of our society through the prison food experience.