MIT Dining

MIT Dining

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Dining Experience - Spring 2021

End of Semester Service Updates

Please note: There is NO breakfast on Friday, May 28, with brunch served from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm in all locations. This is the last meal for spring plan holders.


Use your meal swipes at W20-Lobdell, Monday through Friday. More information coming soon!

Safety Guidelines and Protocols

Safety is our top priority. Campus Dining is closely monitoring COVID-19 recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with guidance from federal, state and local officials. We are also working closely with MIT Medical and MIT Emergency Management to implement campus-specific policies and protocols aimed at creating a safer dining environment for the entire campus community. Below, please find information about some of the many steps we are taking to help ensure a safer dining environment, and to proactively prevent the spread of the virus.

Service Protocols

  • All meals will be served in compostable/recyclable service containers
  • The primary focus is take-out meals to reduce dining area density and to expedite meal service
  • There will be no self-service stations (all stations will be staffed by dining team members)
  • All staff will wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face coverings, etc.) at all times
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place in kitchens and dining rooms
  • Plexiglas partitions are installed at counters and pickup locations

Team Safety

  • Dining staff will follow all MIT policies and guidelines for working on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:
    • Mandatory self-monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms by all dining employees
    • Regular testing of all dining employees throughout the semester
    • Physically-distanced workspaces in kitchen and prep areas
    • Face coverings and gloves worn by all dining team members
    • Enhanced hand-washing procedures for all dining team members
    • Consistent use of gloves and changing of gloves whenever switching tasks or after extended use

A Physically-Distanced Dining Experience

  • Tables at dining locations removed or spaced apart for physical distancing, once seating is approved
  • Single points of entry and exit at most dining locations
  • Directional signs installed for customer traffic flow
  • Clearly marked floor signs to help keep guests 6 feet (2 meters) apart
  • Maximum capacities established for serving and seating areas

Guest Safety Expectations

  • Guests are required to:
    • Wear face coverings in all dining locations, except when sitting at a table eating. Please remember to wear your face covering properly
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
      • If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Rub hands until sanitizer has completely dried.
    • Practice physical distancing and stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people, even when wearing a face covering.  Floor markers will assist you with where to stand.
    • Utilize dining room tables at approved capacity numbers and do not move furniture.

Groceries Stores & Shuttle Services

Area grocery stores:

List of Local Businesses Accepting TechCASH. Please verify if the business is open before ordering or visiting.

Costco and Target Shuttle
The Division of Student Life sponsors a shuttle to transport students to and from Costco and Target during the academic year on specified Sundays.

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market Shuttle*
The Division of Student Life sponsors a shuttle every Sunday and Wednesday during the academic year to transport MIT students to and from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market in Cambridge. The shuttle makes stops at on-campus residences and passes through Kendall Square and Central Square.

*In an effort to promote food access and increased transportation options to area grocery stores, MIT Parking & Transportation has partnered with the Division of Student Life to offer Wednesday service in addition to the traditional Sunday schedule. See what we’re cooking up Instagram.