No one expects food in our public institutions to be gourmet. But we should expect it to be nutritionally adequate, socially and culturally acceptable, and safe. Much of the food served in our public institutions does not meet these basic standards. This think piece explores institutional food from a health equity perspective. The right to health encompasses the right to adequate nutrition and safe food. Considering three major institutions, hospitals, long-term care homes and prisons, this piece looks at how we can do better on food equity in Ontario.