Green’s Dictionary of Slang

food n.

[something one ‘chews’ over or ‘eats up’]

1. [1940s] (US black) gossip.

2. [1970s+] (US gang/gay) a victim, prey; a sex object.

3. (UK black) a drug, e.g. cannabis.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

food boat (n.)

[2000s] a group of prisoners who cook their own food.

foodbox (n.)

[1990s+] (US black) the stomach.

food grinder (n.)

[1910s] the jaw.

food inspector (n.) [his ‘inspection’ of whatever food he can obtain]

[1900s–50s] (Aus.) a tramp.

In phrases

food one’s beast (v.)

see under beast n.