Patient Meals

Food from Home

We understand that you want to comfort and nourish your child, but for safety reasons, we do not encourage you to bring food from home.

If you do bring food into the hospital, it must be labeled with the patient’s name, date of birth and current date, and discarded after one day.

Healthy snacks and refreshments are available for children on the nursing units. Please ask your nurse if your child is hungry.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in your child’s room. You may make meal selections for your child using the GetWellNetwork—meal information and menu choices are available under the Tatertot Café icon. If you require a personalized paper menu, your nurse will provide you with one, listing the following day’s meal selections according to the diet ordered by your child’s doctor. Circle your choices and leave your completed menu on the bedside table by 10 a.m., and a nutrition hospitality associate will collect it. Please ask to speak to a dietetic technician from Food & Nutrition Services for assistance if you need help with menu selections.

Infant formula may be provided for your infant during their hospitalization. Your nurse can provide you with a list of the infant formulas that Hasbro Children’s Hospital has available. If you do not see your child’s formula listed, please ask to speak to your nurse, or to a registered dietitian who will be able to discuss options available to you.

Parent Trays

If you cannot leave your child’s room, you may request that one parent meal be delivered to the room by using the GetWellNetwork (select the communication tower which appears on the main screen), or asking your nurse. These meals should be ordered one day in advance, and are not covered by medical insurance. A small charge for each meal will appear on your child’s hospital bill.

Other Dining Options

There are a variety of other dining options in the hospital, including:

  • Rhode Island Hospital Cafeteria
    Our cafeteria, located on the first floor of the Rhode Island Hospital main building, serves an ample selection of hot and cold meals, beverages, daily specials, salads and desserts. The cafeteria is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and is closed for a short period in the late evening, from 10 to 11 p.m.
  • Au Bon Pain
    ​Au Bon Pain is located next to the George Auditorium on the first floor of the main building, and is open 24 hours. There is also an Au Bon Pain in the Andrew Anderson Emergency Department; it is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week.
  • Dudley Street Café
    The Dudley Street Café offers a wide selection of menu items, including breakfast pastries, sandwiches made to order, homemade pizza, cookies, ice cream and milk shakes. Located at the end of the bridge to the Cooperative Care Center, the café is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

In addition, a parent mini-breakfast cart visits nursing units each morning between 8 and 10 a.m. with coffee and other light refreshments. These items are intended for parents only; if you want to share with your child, please ask your nurse first. Your child may be going for a test and should not eat, or might be allergic to an item on the cart.

There are also more than 40 vending machines located throughout the hospital campus, including locations in Hasbro Children’s Hospital on the 5th floor by the elevators; in the Hasbro Children’s emergency department; in the Andrew Anderson Emergency Department; and on the Bridge Building 6th floor.