Free images of food are available on sites such as FreeFoodPhotos.com and Shutterstock as of 2015. Each collection offers a wide variety of images from plated meals to single item photos.
FreeFoodPhotos.com categorizes photos by meal type and food type. The site also includes cooking prep and herbs and spices photos. All of the photos are copyright under a creative commons attribution license, and they may be altered and used for commercial use.
Shutterstock offers food photos, vector images and illustrations. To use a Shutterstock image, determine if it is royalty-free or if you have to purchase an image package or subscription. As of 2015, image packages are as little as $29.