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Meals and Snacks

Food, snacks and meal service at Inova Children's Hospital

Nutritious meals are important to your child’s recovery. Our Food Services Department has designed a specific menu for pediatric patients with many child-friendly food selections.

This service – Dining On Call – is much like room service. Parents may call Dining On Call between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. when their child is ready to eat. The meal will be delivered within 45 minutes.

Parents may also order up to 2 parent trays per meal order, at no additional cost. To order food, simply call x64500 from your child’s patient room. Parents may also call from their own phone to order food for their child at 703-776-4500. In addition, meals can be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance.

Dining On Call knows of your child’s individual dietary restrictions that the medical team may have entered into the chart. The Food Services team is also happy to work with special diet requests that you may have.

Hospital cafes and snack options

In addition to the nutrition rooms located in our patient units, we have several dining options for parents and guests interested in meals or snacks.

  • Coffee Shop (ground floor near the Inova Women’s Hospital reception desk)
  • South Side Café (1st floor of the Inova Fairfax Hospital adult tower)
  • Heart Healthy Café (1st floor of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute)
  • Vending machines in the waiting areas on each floor