Patients and Families

Food Services

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Food Services department provides meals and specialized formula to meet the individual needs of inpatients. Upon admission, your child will be introduced to the meal program and how it works. Patients may order meals daily from 7 a.m.–8 p.m. They may order anything they like, as long as it is within their diet order. The Nutrition Operator in the call center will be able to assist each patient. If a patient is unable to order his or her meals, a parent, caregiver, nurse or Nutrition Services representative may assist. Meals will be delivered within 45 minutes of ordering.

  • Should you need anything during meal times, contact the call center at 864-9700.
  • For late admissions or patients returning from a late procedure, a limited menu is available from 8 p.m.–midnight. To place an order from the late menu, call 692-3422 until 10 p.m. or 692-3423 from 8 p.m.–midnight.
  • For menus, see channel 2 on your television.
  • Parents may contact Food and Nutrition Services at 692-3422 or 692-3423.

If your child has special dietary needs, including food allergies, please inform your nurse upon admission.

Dining With Your Child

Parents may eat with their child by ordering a guest tray.
– You must first purchase a $5 guest tray voucher in the Cafeteria, Floor 3.
– Place your order by calling 864-9700 and speaking with a nutrition operator.
– Your order will arrive within 45 minutes. Upon arrival, give voucher to the wait staff associate.

  • Each acute care unit has a family pantry that features a microwave oven and a refrigerator. Please label food and drink stored in the refrigerator with your name and the date.
  • For breastfeeding mothers, cafeteria meal tickets are available at the nursing station. Tickets can only be used in the Cafeteria. Takeout is available so mothers can return to their children’s rooms to eat. Please obtain a new ticket for each meal.
  • Basic bag lunches (a sandwich, piece of fruit and a beverage) are available at the Welcome/Information Center, at no cost, for families that are in need.


The cafeteria is located in the main hospital, Floor 3b, and serves a variety of food choices, from convenient grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, to hot and delicious home-cooked entrees. Call the Cafeteria's Menu Line at 692-6922 (412-692-6922 from a non-hospital phone) to hear the day's specials.

Breakfast: 6:30–10 a.m.
Grab and Go: 10–10:30 a.m.
Closed: 10:30–11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dinner: 4 p.m.—Midnight

Pop Stop Snack Bar

The Pop Stop snack bar is located in the main hospital, Floor 3b. Gourmet coffees, pastries, sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and other take-out menu items are available.

Monday through Friday: 5:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Boomerang Café

The Boomerang Café is located in the main hospital adjacent to the Emergency Department on Floor 1. Grab-and-go items including freshly brewed Seattle’s Best coffee and iced tea, sandwiches, salads, bottled beverages, snacks, soup, sushi, and a nightly hot food special are available.

Open daily: 5 a.m.–4 a.m.

Vending Machines

Vending machines are available 24 hours a day and are located on Floor 1, adjacent to the Emergency Department; Floors 2, 3, and 4 in the surgery waiting room and the CICU; in the PICU on Floor 5; and on Floor 6 in the Family Lounge.

Last Update
April 16, 2012
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Last Update
April 16, 2012