Stanford Dining COVID-19 Update


Dining Hall Access             CleanDining             Isolation/Quaratine Meals             Food Pantry



Who may pick up meals in the dining halls?

In response to COVID-19 preventive measures, dining halls will only be accessible to undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs with an active meal plan. 

Can spouses/partners of student pick up meals in dining halls?

Spouses/partners of students must obtain their own courtesy card from Campus Card Services. Use of a Stanford ID card by anyone other than the person to whom the card is assigned is prohibited. Questions can be sent to

What is required to enter the dining halls?

Students must have a valid, green Stanford Health Check onsite access badge to enter the serving area. They are also required to wear a proper face covering, preferably an N95 or KN95 mask, and maintain six feet of separation from others.

  • If a student does not have a valid, green Stanford Health Check onsite access badge, food will be brought to them by a supervisor. These will be pre-packaged meals and students will have fewer choices, as they will not be allowed to enter the dining hall serving area. Options will still be available for students with special dietary requirements. (Note: Spouses and partners of grad students/post docs are required to show the Dining staff their courtesy card in place of a “green badge” for access to the dining hall servery.)

Once students have swiped their meal card, we have complimentary hand washing and hand sanitizer stations at the entrance to the food pickup area. More information on student safety in the dining halls can be found in the CleanDining webpage.

Is indoor dining available?

With careful guidance from EH&S, we are currently allowing indoor seating at 25% capacity. Outdoor seating is also available and students are encouraged to take their meal to-go.



What is R&DE Stanford Dining doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safe dining experience?

R&DE Stanford Diningʼs CleanDining program builds upon the already high standards of food safety and sanitation in the dining halls, utilizing industry best practices and enhanced cleaning protocols. The goal of R&DE Stanford Diningʼs CleanDining program is to provide students with reassurance of the safety of their dining experience and create a focus on enhanced cleanliness that will be visible to students. Our CleanDining policies and related procedures manual is a living document that will be updated as new university guidelines and county regulations develop. R&DE Stanford Diningʼs CleanDining program was created to consistently meet all of the evolving expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about R&DE Stanford Dining’s CleanDining program.



How do I access meals if I am sick or in isolation/quarantine?

Meal deliveries are available if you are ill or in isolation/quarantine due to COVID-19 and are unable to come to a dining hall for a scheduled meal. If you are in isolation/quarantine and require meal deliveries, please reach out to your Residence Director or GLO Dean who will coordinate with R&DE Stanford Dining to meet your needs.

For information about Isolate in Place Meal Delivery click here.


Will the food pantry pop-up continue?

The monthly food program for students who need additional food support will continue. Visit the website for the next scheduled distribution and to register.