Dining Options

In the Hospital

See brochures in the NICU Family Waiting Room for a complete list.

  • Ronald McDonald House food pantry – in the NICU Family Lounge.
  • Melrose Dining Room: Elevator L, Level 5
  • Dining and groceries (Compass Express, Fountain Dining Room, Marketplace): Elevator C, Level 1
  • Rooftop Café –Elevator F, Level 8

Community Free Meals

The Iowa City Free lunch program is available from noon to 1 pm Monday through Saturday at 1105 Gilbert Ct. in Iowa City.

The Iowa City Free Dinner program is available at the Salvation Army, 116 Gilbert St., in Iowa City. City bus stops near this location (bus fare required). Grab-and-go lunch served from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.  1:00 – 2:00pm, Sunday. Evening dinner served from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday and 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed Saturday.

Emergency Services

The Salvation Army (319-337-3725), Red Cross (319-337-2119), and Crisis Center of Johnson County (319-351-0140) provide groceries and food.


Car Seats

You will need an approved car seat for your baby’s ride home. Your baby may need a car seat evaluation before going home. 

Bus Service

Cambus is the free UI campus bus service. Iowa City and Coralville provide public busing for a fee. Please see bus schedules at the UI Hospitals & Clinics information desk in the Main Entrance Lobby.

Other Transportation

Your local Community Action, Regional Transit office, Salvation Army, Department of Human Services, and/or General Assistance offices may provide transportation or funding.