Initially, this trope is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. A character is given food for his kind and selfless actions to the bystander in trouble.

Compare FoodAsBribe, TastesLikeFriendship. Contrast DeniedFoodAsPunishment.



* A Dunkin Donuts commercial claims that its iced coffee is sufficient reward for a friend coming to help move.
* This [[ Whataburger]] ad which airs from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Inverted in an episode of ''Manga/BlackGod'', where a girl is revealed to be an ImprobableWeaponUser after being bought a bowl of ramen.
* Tubby also receives this treatment in an episode of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime after inadvertently finding Lulu's pop's lucky gold piece in the mud, while making a mud cake to pass off as a real cake ([[spoiler: He and the others ate the entire cake that was intended for Lulu's pop]]).
* Par for the course in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', since the food's what they're after in the first place.
* The "Half-Price Club" in ''LightNovel/BenTo'' is dedicated to getting half-price Bento at supermarkets. It's a fighting anime. The hero is knocked unconscious twice in his first two attempts to get cheap bento. The floors of supermarkets are left strewn with unconscious and bleeding shoppers.
* In ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', the standard reward for doing something good (like participating in the campus clean-up or winning the athletic competition with the nearby industrial school) is a Mongolian barbecue.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* An ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' story had Jughead rescuing Archie, Betty, Veronica and Reggie from a cave-in while they were exploring a cave. Pops rewards Jughead with a large plate full of hamburgers.
-->'''Betty:''' How does it feel to be a hero, Juggie?\\
'''Jughead''': (''balloon-bellied; picking his teeth with a toothpick'') How does it feel? Nice and full!

[[folder: Comic Strips]]
* In an old ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' newspaper strip, Donald wins a pie-eating contest. When the judge holds him up by the arm and declares him the winner, Donald looks bloated and uncomfortable, but smiling because he won ... until he discovers that First Prize is -- you guessed it -- [[UndesirablePrize a pie.]]

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/OldWest'': When [[DeterminedHomesteader Grace Glossy]] realizes she can't fix by herself the damages in her ranch, she reluctantly hires the muscle of [[WesternAnimation/{{Rango}} Rattlesnake Jake]]. After the hard day's work, she rewards him with a meal instead of money like he expected. The outlaw isn't pleased until he realizes the meal to be the best he's had in ages.
** In the next chapter, [[PetTheDog Jake unexpectedly teaches Grace's son to overcome his visual impairment]]. Grateful for this, Grace makes another meal for Jake and relinquishes entirely her decision not to feed the outlaw.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' where Steele frames Balto by throwing sausage links that he stole himself from a butcher shop at Balto. The butcher blames Balto for stealing the sausages then promptly rewards Steele with the sausages that he stole himself. That Steele is a [[{{Jerkass}} complete jerk]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SevenSamurai'': the peasants can only offer food to the samurai they hire to defend them from bandits. Even still, this means that the peasants don't have enough rice for themselves and must subsist on millet.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': Venkmann very formally gives Egon candy as a reward, saying, "You've earned it."

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' the heroes, having eaten nothing but stale bread and mouldy cheese for quite some time, appreciate their edible reward for saving a village ''very much''.
* There is a ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' book where Clifford is rewarded with some meat by a meat truck driver after helping him with his truck while looking for Emily Elizabeth.
* Invoked by Literature/CiaphasCain in ''Death Or Glory''; after spending the entire novel leading an epic trek to safety through Ork infested territory [[spoiler: he's pleased to realise that the regiment that's been sent to meet his group of ragtag survivors is Valhallan and promptly asks for [[SpotOfTea his long awaited cup of tanna]].]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* Also shows up in an episode of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Survivor}}.'' The winners of a challenge with food as the prize might get more to eat after the challenge then than the losers do in the entire period between tribal councils.
* Referenced in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': People helping friends move in exchange for beer and pizza.
* Several rewards in ''Series/KidNation'' were food items.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Sidereals working for the Bureau of Destiny receive their salaries in the form of Ambrosia and Quintessence. Both are edible and delicious. Young Sidereals are advised not to eat their paycheques.
* Several role-playing games using counters for 'rubber points' (e.g. bennies, FATE-points et sim.) explicitly advise against using hard candies as markers because they tend to be eaten instead of used.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair'', your reward for killing Dracula is occasionally curry... the recurring food thrown by [[ImprobableWeaponUser Soma Cruz]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' tends to have these, with the reward being a healing item which is slightly better than the ones available at the time.
* Common in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' where some quests have non craftable food as reward, since food is SeriousBusiness because of the stats this is often falls in either TooAwesomeToUse or JokeItem.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, food is pretty much VendorTrash, apart from the fact you can use some of it in [[ItemCrafting alchemy]] and some of it offers minor [[HealthFood health/fatigure]] restoration. Some quests give you it as a [[StealthPun flavor]] reward though, usually if you've helped someone dirt-poor (who has nothing more to offer) or who is just incredibly stingy.
** The series also has a number of [[FantasticDrug fantastic alcoholic beverages]] which are likewise given out as quest rewards. This is unsurprisingly common when completing quests for the owners or staff of bars and taverns.
** At least one quest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' sees you get a free beer placed on a bar next to you during the course of a quest.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', several quests end with the offer of free food or drink. Thanks to the need to eat in Hardcore Mode and the HyperactiveMetabolism otherwise present in the game, this often amounts to free healing. For instance, helping save a wasteland rancher couple's mutant two-headed cows earns you ten pounds of steak, good for at least 300 points of health.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max Hit The Road]]'', the Bigfoot shaman rewards Max with his prized medallion after he and Sam save the day; Max wastes little time in unwrapping his reward and wolfing it down.
-->"Mmm, chocolatey, foil-wrapped goodness!"
* Quoth [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan President Ronnie]] in ''VideoGame/BadDudes'': "Thanks for saving me, Dudes! Let's go for a burger. Ha ha ha!"
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', Princess Peach rewards Mario for saving her and her castle by baking him a cake.
** In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', Bowser is sent a cake for his part in stopping Fawful's plot.
* Similarly, but more useful in the long term, there's a couple of side-events in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' where you get ''recipes'' for helping people out. Cooking can be an important game mechanic for healing up between battles, so it's better than it sounds.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': The reward for clearing the cellar of the Typical Tavern is three glasses of Typical Tavern Swill, equivalent to a basic mixed drink (which can further be improved with the Disco Bandit skill Advanced Cocktailcrafting). Also, the final reward for finishing the side quest given from Inside Degrassi Knoll are a half-dozen Mushroom Fermenting Solutions, which can possibly be crafted into epic-level booze, some of the best in the game, depending on what mushrooms you ferment.
** In this game, edibles are an important part of gameplay (they allow you to get more done each day, and may help you level up or grant a temporary status effect) so these are actually quite useful rewards.
** It may be worth noting as well that meat itself is used as the game's main currency, both justifying and parodying [[MoneySpider the tendency for random monsters to be carrying money, often proportional to their difficulty level]]. However, meat ''can't'' be eaten, because who would be crazy enough to eat money?
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': [=GlaDOS=] claims that the reward for completing the test chambers is cake. [[TheCakeIsALie Unfortunately...]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'': the reward you get from the Tiny Girl for rescuing her puppy from a scary cave? A piece of candy. [[spoiler:The actual reward is the cave itself - it's a good place to train your stats, and has a guaranteed vault at the bottom.]]
* In ''{{VideoGame/Okami}}'', various characters offer you food after you've helped them out. Some, however, request that you wait until it's night.
* In the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games, sometimes the villagers will give you fruit that is foreign to your town as a reward for doing them a favor.
* Pretty much the whole point of ''VideoGame/BarOasis''. Your goal is to try to fill the titular bar's shelves with alcohol. Though this can be inverted in ''Bar Oasis 2'''s "A Day in the Bar" mode. In that mode, if you do poorly, you lose those bottles of liquor.
* In ''Videogame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' the Million Dreams Award in Disney Town is a special type of ice cream, the particular variety of which is different depending on which of the playable characters receives it.
* In the ''Videogame/MonsterHunter'' series, the reward for completing certain quests is an upgrade to the Felyne kitchen (though not food itself). This includes adding additional menu items to the kitchen, upgrading the quality of an ingredient, adding a rotisserie spit that lets the player cook multiple steaks at once, etc.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* A darker variation occurs as of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v5, in which BKA winners also get food along with a new weapon. BKA stands for Best Kill Award.
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', The Cheat is frequently paid in food for his ([[StylisticSuck lackluster]]) animating skills:
** After seeing the music video for "Everybody to the Limit", Strong Bad offers to buy the Cheat a pizza.
** In "New Boots", Strong Bad decides the Cheat's cartoon is worth "an iron cup full of Brunswick stew".
--->'''Strong Bad:''' But lemme tell ya's. With a little extra effort, it would have been a trophy full of Steak-umms.
** Coach Z offers the Cheat a slice of [[CordonBleughChef "chin-strap pizza"]] for doing a video for Coach Z's "Rap Song".
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Clover is rewarded a cookie by Palantir for helping with their mission.
--->“Good work, Clover!” Pally said. “Have a cookie!”

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Mikkel knows that Lalli won't understand him if he thanks him verbally for a job well done because of the LanguageBarrier between them, so he gives him a cookie alongside his thanks.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', where Doug finds an envelope containing a huge wad of money. Everyone (including the police, who give him back the envelope after it goes unclaimed for a whole month) tells him to keep the money, but he eventually discovers it was lost by a slightly loopy elderly woman. He does the right thing and returns the money, [[DudeWheresMyReward and she rewards him for his good deed with a pack of chewing gum.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay discovers that the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] statuettes are actually chocolate.
--> "Now I want one even more!"
** And yes, he does eat one.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E4KungFuCampout Kung Fu Campout]]", Tommy offers a slice of cake to Bogus and Brattus, even after their attempts to claim the cake for themselves end up to naught. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since Tommy probably did it as his way of thanking his two miniature companions for keeping Ratty and Mole away from the cake.
* ScoobyDoo usually gets a [[FoodAsBribe pre-task reward of Scooby Snacks]]. Shaggy will get tempted by them as well, or some other concoction Daphne cooks up (and just happens to have handy).
* WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw rewards his bloodhound companion Snuffles with a dog biscuit, which after eaten sends him into flights of ecstacy.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is very common in the more traditional parts of the U.S. It is understood that when you enlist a gang of your friends and acquaintances for some big task like moving or yard/farm work, you will at the very least provide lunch or dinner.
* Beer can be a "currency" among friends for small favours.
** In Canada, a case of beer is a usually unstated automatic reward for helping someone move, fix their car, name your task that takes a good few hours out of a day.
** "I'll give you beer if you edit my paper" is not an uncommon sentence among university students.
* Lollipops at the doctor's office. Alternatively, the jar of sweets on the teacher's desk.
* Going out for pizza or ice cream after winning a ball game or getting an "A" on one's report card.
* Fast food contests such as UsefulNotes/McDonalds Monopoly and its clones offer numerous prizes, with the most common being "instant win" coupons for free food (usually items that don't carry game pieces).