Polynesian (Maori and Pacific Island) people are famous for the way relationships are developed over food. No meeting is held or decision made without sharing food.
Actually, this is true to some extent for most cultures, although the demands of contemporary life (especially in the city) seem to rob many of us of the joy and other benefits that come from the simple sharing of meals times together.
Often, helping families to turn off the TV to prepare and eat a meal together is a turning point for better communication and improved relationships.
Quote from Te Kahu Kura Community Trust e-news 10/6/12