Our priority is facilitating your safe dining on campus. Food Services at the University of Toronto has implemented extensive and enhanced COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures. Learn more ›
What we’re doing to keep our students, faculty, staff and guests safe:
For more information visit the Food Services Covid-19 update page here.
Provincial regulations and public health guidance now require post-secondary institutions to implement COVID-19 health screening for anyone coming to campus. This means that all members of our community, including staff, and students, must complete a self-assessment each day they visit any one of the three U of T campuses or any other property owned or operated by U of T. There are two ways to complete the required self-assessment and generate a risk status each time you come to U of T: by using UCheck, or by completing a paper-based or offline self-assessment log. Please visit this COVID-19 self-assessments page for more information.
The University of Toronto, in partnership with Thrive Health, has launched the UCheck self-assessment web portal to support the health and safety of the entire U of T community. Students living in residence are asked to generate a COVID-19 risk status daily by completing a quick and thorough self-assessment. UCheck allows students to complete a symptom check survey and generates a “green status” if you are safe to attend campus or a “red status” if you may not be safe to attend campus. If you receive a red status result from the assessment, we recommend that you follow the instructions given in the assessment tool and also contact your residence life team to let them know.
Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) should stay home, not work, self-isolate and complete a self-assessment using the UCheck web portal. A number of dedicated assessment centres have been established across the Greater Toronto Region to facilitate assessment and testing. Information on locations is available on local public health websites, including Toronto and Peel Region. If you live in other regions you can find your local health unit here.
If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact email@example.com immediately.
Yes – Food Services has implemented extensive and enhanced health and safety measures to ensure a safe return to campus. This is inclusive of:
Yes – the University of Toronto employs all members of the Food Services team and is a division of Ancillary Services. Food Services now oversees more than 30 food locations across the St. George campus, including residence dining halls, retail outlets, campus catering and beverage services. Employing over 250 people, Food Services is made up of diverse teams of highly skilled and dedicated food and beverage professionals. We offer a food service career destination with living wages, benefits and vacation, reflected in the long tenure of service that many of our employees choose to work with us.
Due to Public Health Guidelines introduced amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have redesigned our meal plan and have transitioned to a declining balance model to meet the standards put in place for safe food service and physical distancing. Many of the traditional features of our previous model, such as self-serve buffet stations, have been restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon re-evaluating the meal plan after providing students with a boxed lunch program over the summer months, a declining balance meal plan was deemed the most appropriate for our students. The additional food stations and Grab ‘N’Go options, as well as carefully planned menu offerings, allow for maximum flexibility and variety, while continuing to provide a safe service environment.
To limit occupancy and help limit the spread of the virus, access to University buildings is restricted to members of the U of T community, with various measures in place to protect the health and safety of community members.
Dining Halls Currently Open:
Chestnut Dining Hall, New College Dining Hall and CampusOne Dining Hall remain open
Retail Locations Currently Open:
Robarts Starbucks, MSB Starbucks, Sid Smith Second Cup, Veda Sandord Fleming & Sid Smith Food Court. For more information please visit our campus food location, hours and menus page.
Prior to COVID-19, we had eliminated most single-use plastics within our dining halls and retail locations. Food Services continues to be committed to sustainable practices. Our commitment to sustainability includes our Eco2Go program, a reusable food container program, that we have provided free of charge to every student for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to reintroduce individually packaged products, including plastic bottled beverages and disposable cutlery.
We intend to relaunch the bottled water ban early 2021 and Food Services is on track to eliminate all single use plastic by December 2021.
Supporting the University of Toronto community is an important part of our mission at Food Services. Through on campus events and initiatives, such as the Mac ‘N’ Cheese Smackdown, Oatmeal on the Street, Chilli Chowdown, we are able to give back to those in need. Proceeds from our events are donated to the University of Toronto Student Union Food Bank and other student supported food banks. We are also actively involved with Second Harvest’s Food Rescue initiative.
Since campus is a little bit different this year, we are leveraging our social media channels and other virtual means to run campaigns such as “One Coffee at a Time”, where one non-perishable food item was donated by Food Services for every cup of coffee or tea purchased on campus.
We understand the importance of self-care and well-being. For general nutrition questions, you can contact our registered Dietitian.
Additionally, our daily menus are posted for each location and provide a nutritional breakdown for each item served at any location on campus. Menus are available to view up to one week in advance and can be accessed by viewing Today’s Menu on our website, or on our mobile app. Haven’t downloaded it yet? Download it now.
Food Services has been, and always will be committed to sourcing locally. We continue to receive industry recognition and acknowledgement for doing so. Despite challenging times for our Ontario farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to purchase significant amounts of locally sourced items.
Yes, there are committees and focus groups available for you to join. For more information, reach out directly to your Residence Life team.
Yes, masks are mandatory in the dining hall.
As a protective measure for you and others, and as per the University of Toronto and City of Toronto’s health and safety guidelines, you will be required to wear a facial mask or covering in the dining hall. The University has implemented a temporary Policy on Non-Medical Masks and Face Coverings requiring non-medical masks or face coverings to be worn indoors in all common-use spaces on University property. This Policy is consistent with the approach taken in recent Toronto and Mississauga by-laws.
Certain activities and individuals, including individuals with an underlying medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask, are exempt from this policy. Please refer to the draft Guideline for the full list of exemptions.
These additional safety measures have been put into place to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
Yes! As a part of the University of Toronto, we have been, and continue to be, committed to sustainable practices. Our commitment to sustainability includes our Eco2Go program, a reusable food container program, that we have provided free of charge to every student for the 2020/2021 academic year. More information about the Eco2Go program can be found here.
As a result of COVID-19, we have implemented some additional health and safety measures in the dining hall:
If there is a situation that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate Residence Life Office or email the Manager of Residential Dining.
Sidney Smith, Robarts and MSB are currently open for take out and in seat dining.
As of right now, the Sid Smith Food Court is the only location available for mobile ordering. More locations will be added soon.
If there is a situation that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please do not hesitate to email us at Food Services .