Hancock County Health System

Food Service

Your diet, like your medication, tests and treatment, is prescribed by your provider. If you would like to speak to a Registered Dietitian or the Director of Nutrition Services about your meals, please ask your nurse to arrange a visit. Your suggestions and comments are cordially invited by our dietary department.  

Our Nutritional Services staff provides nourishing food that is essential to your health. Our goal is to serve you with food you enjoy, so you’ll receive a card on your first tray to make your food preferences known to us. If you are on a special diet prescribed by your provider, you will receive menus tailored to your specific needs. 

Patients are served breakfast between 6 and 8 a.m.; lunch between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and dinner between 5 and 6 p.m. A guest tray can be delivered to a patient room by notifying a nurse by 10:30 a.m. for lunch and by 4:30 p.m. for supper.  Please check with your nurse before eating any food brought in by family or friends.

Occasionally you may have a test or treatment that prohibits you from eating or drinking for certain periods of time. You will be served as soon as possible after your examination, test or treatment.


Visitor dining is available in the HCMH Cafeteria, located on the first floor of the hospital. Hot meals are served in the cafeteria at the following times: Breakfast, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.; Dinner*, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. *Dinner selections may be limited. Please ask the nurse to notify the cafeteria by 4:30 p.m. if you are planning on staying for an evening meal.

Snack Bar/Vending Machines

A Snack Bar with a selection of self-serve food, candy and beverage items is available for purchase 24 hours a day in the cafeteria. The Snack Bar offers food and beverage coolers, coffee and cappuccino, pastries and other microwaveable snacks that change daily.