UCSF Dining Special Programs

UCSF Dining offers special programs to make purchasing your favorite foods fast and easy.  You can view menus at webmenus.ucsfmedicalcenter.org from your computer or mobile device. Simply go to the drop down menu to see what each of our stations is serving for any given meal or day. Items are listed by date and station.  We list ingredients, nutritional information, and allergens for each item, a level of detail very few foodservice operations offer.

To see this evening’s menu at the entrée station, for example, click on today’s date, then click Moffitt Café Entrée Station on the menu tab. You’ll see all items at the entrée station, coded with a V (vegetarian), Vg (vegan), GF (no gluten containing ingredients used), S (Smart Choice our healthy choice standard), SS (Smart Choice side) or LS (Local/Sustainable, organic, local, or sustainably sourced). You can click on any item for nutrition information and click on ingredients/allergens for allergy information. To consolidate nutrition information for an entire meal, use the add button on the right side to build your own menu. 

We also provide nutrition information at our retail outlets by displaying nutrition facts on digital boards, reciepts, and on our grab and go labels.  

The department of nutrition and food services is also now selling gift cards!  See our gift card tab below for more information.


Smart Choice

Smart Choice is the food wellness awareness program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The program was developed in March 2009 by the UCSF Medical Center Department of Nutrition & Food Services and UCSF Campus Life Services Retail Services team to promote healthy eating for all UCSF retail food consumers.

The Smart Choice program has two main objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of food content and nutrient value by providing nutrition facts, labeling, and icons.
  2. Provide incentives, information, and promotions that increase consumer likelihood of buying healthy items.

How to identify Smart Choice items:

  • Entrees and meals that meet specific criteria are identified with a Smart Choice icon on menus or “cling” at serving areas. On packaged items, the icon may also be placed directly on the package.
  • Smart Choice criteria are summarized in an easy-to-read format and posted in retail food areas.
  • Specific nutrition facts for Smart Choice items are available to customers, posted in retail food areas, and available in writing.

Smart Choice nutrition criteria are based on health maintenance and disease prevention. Customers with existing health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, or hypertension, may need to adhere to more stringent criteria than offered by our program. As with any public health promotion, our guidelines are general rather than specific. We encourage customers with specific health concerns to meet with a registered dietitian for individualized counseling and meal planning. For more information see our standards for meals, vending, and beverages.

Smart Choice

Welcome to FastPay

FastPay is a cashless program available to faculty, staff, students, and other individuals affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Developed by the Department of Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) in partnership with Campus Life Services (CLS), this voluntary program is available to anyone at no cost.  Find out how to associate your ID badge with your FastPay account here.  Log in to your account at freedompay.com/fastpay.  To see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about FastPay, visit https://ucsf.desk.com/customer/en/portal/topics/647127-fastpay/articles.  

Gift Cards

The Department of Nutrition and Food Services sells a variety of gift cards!  Available only by department recharge, can purchase the following gift cards:

For no administrative fee:

  • Dining Dollars in increments of $5 - for use at the Moffitt Cafe, Shorenstein Family Cafe, and the Mount Zion Cafe

Available in increments of $20 plus an 8% administrative fee:

  • FastPay gift cards in increments of $20 - for use at any UCSF vendor who accepts FastPay

Available in increments of $25 plus a 12% administrative fee:

  • Amazon
  • Macys
  • Safeway
  • Shell
  • Target
  • Walgreen's

Gift cards with an administrative fee are available only by department recharge with two required signatures.  Custodian (person responsible for gift card inventory) and the Approving authority signature of the department.  Please fill out the excel spreadsheet below and send to [email protected].  Authorized signatures must accompany the form.  DocuSign signatures are acceptable with final routing. 

Order is processed at Parnassus.  You will be notified by email when order is ready for pick up.  Pick up at Mission Bay and Mount Zion are processed in 2 business days.

Please specify a pick up location:

Parnassus:  Nutrition & Food Services, M-294 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (closed holidays)

Mission Bay: Shorenstein Family Cafe, 8am-3pm Monday-Friday

Mount Zion: Mount Zion Cafe, 8am-3pm Monday-Friday (closed holidays)

Questions?  Call Nutrition and Food Services at 415-353-1461 or 415-353-8921.

Download Order Form Here: