Food and Nutrition Services provides high quality nutrition and healthcare services to meet the needs of our patients, guests, staff, and our community. We invite you to learn more about our many services and the pride with which we offer them.

Food and Nutrition Services Awards and Accomplishments

The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes outstanding hospitals from within the Partner for Change applicants.  This competitive award recognizes the top 20 percent of applicants and is focused on advanced sustainability programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories.  (Click here to learn more)

UC Davis Health Food and Nutriton Service is proud to be named a Circle of Excellence Honoree in the Food Circle which highlights leaders in sustainable food services, capturing leadership in meat reduction, procurement of better meat, local and sustainable sourcing, improving access to tap water and healthy beverages, supporting healthy food access, and preventing food waste. Top contenders have demonstrated noteworthy programming in each area, and have an educational strategy that addresses the food system as a critical component in an overall sustainability plan — for human and planetary health.

For the second consecutive year, UC Davis Health Food and Nutrition Services has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader for our commitment to purchase sustainable seafood.  We are proud of our commitment to make mindful seafood purchases that will help to keep our oceans healthy for future generations and we are the only hospital with this designation.  (Click here to learn more)

Our culinary program is the only hopsital location to be recognized as a 2019 participant in the Good Food 100 Restaurants Program which celebrates restaurants helping to build a better food system by being transparent with their business practices and positively impacting every link of the food chain.   (Click here to learn more)

Patient Care Services

The Food and Nutrition Services Department is committed to excellent patient service, providing more than 650,000 meals per year to patients within UC Davis Health.  Our team of Dietetic Assistants call or visit daily to get patient meal selections from over 40 different menu types. Patient satisfaction surveys helps to drive our regular menu updates, along with ongoing taste-testing for recipe improvement.

In a 2010 observational study analyzing the appropriateness of food environments at 14 major children’s hospitals throughout California, UC Davis Children’s Hospital scored the highest for healthy food options and positive messaging.

Cafe Dining

Patients, staff, and the public can enjoy freshly prepared meals at any one of our dining locations on the UC Davis Health campus. Visit our Café Dining page for locations, hours, and daily menu selections. 

Our Pavilion Café is the main cafeteria located in the first floor lobby of the UC Davis Medical Center. This state-of-the-art facility is organized in a food-court style with specialty areas including an open-hearth pizza oven, rotisserie station, wok station, deli counter, and more. The cafe serves approximately 1.4 million meals per year. The cafe dining room is spacious and includes an outdoor patio that seats 150 guests. 

Nutrition Services

We are proud to offer high-quality, clinical nutrition care to patients within the UC Davis Health and the Sacramento Valley region. Our team of over 30 registered dietitians coordinates medical nutrition therapy for all hospital floors and intensive care units (ICU) within the UC Davis Medical Center, as well as specialty outpatient clinics, and UC Davis Medical Group primary care physician offices located throughout the region. Put together, UC Davis Health has more specialty registered dietitians than any other hospital in the region.

Though in a variety of locations, our team’s consistent goal is to support our patients with optimal nutrition during recovery and illness, and to provide nutrition counseling and education for disease management and prevention.

Community Outreach

In addition to providing individualized nutrition services to patients, UC Davis Health’s registered dietitians offer nutrition education to members of the community by participation in a variety of outreach programs including health fairs, school career days, and serving as guest speakers for community groups.

Dietetic Internship

UC Davis Health offers a fifty-week post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship Program for those pursuing careers as registered dietitians. Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.