Dining and Catering

Plans and protocols for campus dining services are focused on feeding students safely, protecting worker health and providing pickup/delivery options for faculty and staff.

Plans for dining services on campus were developed with a focus both on how to feed students safely and sustainably — including those who may be in isolation or quarantine — and how to protect the health and safety of dining workers in the workplace. Priority operations for Brown Dining Services in 2020-21 remain oriented toward providing food to students, with facilities limited and operating on a takeout and pickup basis only.

For the most up-to-date information on the status of campus dining, consult the policies currently in effect on the Campus Activity Status page.

Student Dining

For students on meal plans, access to dining looks different to ensure everyone’s health and safety, including the safety of the Dining Services staff. With regard to student dining, plans include the following:

  • For undergraduate and graduate students on meal plans, Brown will offer grab-and-go meals only.
  • Three among the largest dining halls — Sharpe Refectory, Andrews Commons and Verney-Woolley — are open during semesters for food pickup, with students assigned to specific locations and times to manage lines and reduce density among diners.
  • Meals are delivered directly to students in isolation or quarantine on campus.
  • The University will continue a robust and aggressive health and safety plan based on its experience during the pandemic to date, including social distancing among staff, mandatory face coverings and intense cleaning.
  • Brown will plan to expand socially distanced in-person dining options should health and safety circumstances and state guidance permit.

Dining Services continues to offer a more limited number of meal plan options, all of which have double the standard number of flex points for students to use at eateries and vending. As always, those who have dietary needs beyond traditional and vegetarian/vegan offerings can connect with Dining Services’ registered dietitian to ensure those needs are met.

For more information, please consult the Brown Dining Services website:

Brown Dining Services

Faculty and Staff Dining

The University has advised faculty and staff approved to work on campus to anticipate limited food options and to plan to bring their own lunch or other meals/snacks from home (non-refrigerated or in a personal cooler).

Dining options for faculty and staff approved on campus are limited to self-serve vending machines in fixed locations, which are sanitized multiple times daily, and pickup/delivery.

When spring semester classes begin in late January, dining services will be available to all employees from the Brown to Table curbside pickup program offered by the Brown Faculty Club. Those who are not members of the Brown Faculty Club are encouraged to apply via Workday — all faculty and staff are eligible to join the club at no cost.

As the spring semester begins, services will be offered on a grab-and-go basis at the Blue Room in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center. Safety guidelines must be followed when visiting dining locations.

Last updated Jan. 5, 2021. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.