Patient Resources | Everyday Needs


Patient meals

Registered dietitians and diet technicians provide high-quality nutritional care to all patients and arrange for any special meals that physicians have ordered for patients. We also make many different types of formulas for our youngest patients.

We can accommodate any specific dietary needs, including allergies, kosher, and gluten-free foods, as well as any personal preferences. There is no restriction on the kind of food patients may order, whether it’s breakfast food for dinner or a chicken sandwich for breakfast.

Our regular meal times are listed below, however our friendly staff will take your order at any time and deliver it within 45 minutes.

  • Breakfast: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m.

Simply call room service at 5-FOOD (5-3663) to place your order.

Fresh Food Court

The Fresh Food Court at Boston Children’s features many options including Starbucks, Subway, Pizzeria Regina, and Salad Creations, as well as the Chef’s Playground and Guilt Free Grill. The Food Court also offers grab-and-go options from sushi to sandwiches.


  • Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed daily: 10:30–11 a.m.

Starbucks hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Area attractions

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Banking and money services

There are two Bank of America ATMs and one Citizens Bank ATM located on the first floor of the Fegan Building, right outside the elevators.

The hospital Cashier’s Office, located on the first floor of the Farley building, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and can make change.

Some nearby bank branches are closed because of COVID-19 precautions. Your bank's website will have more information on its nearest open branches.

Gift shop

Our Trinkets and Treasures gift shop has a wide selection of gifts that will put a smile on your favorite patient. Located next to CVS Pharmacy on Fegan 1, the shop offers gifts for patients of all ages.

The gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can call the shop at 617-232-1147.

Unable to visit?

We can let a child know you're thinking of them by taking phone orders and making room deliveries. For a convenient and quick way to send a gift to a patient at Boston Children's, we take phone orders and will deliver a gift to a patient's room for you. Call us at 617-232-1147 to find out what we carry and to place an order or delivery request.

Postal and package services

Postal and package services can be found at: 

  • U.S. Post Office: 1575 Tremont St., Roxbury — a 10- to 15-minute walk from the main building
  • U.S. Post Office: 207 Washington St., Brookline — a 20-minute walk from the main building
  • The UPS Store: 423 Brookline Ave., Boston — a five-minute walk from the main building

You can buy stamps at the Cashier's Office, located on the first floor of the Farley Building.