Founded in 1985, the Community Dining Room (CDR) is
a private, not-for-profit organization providing food, support and companionship
to our shoreline neighbors. In the spring of 2000, the CDR moved to its
present location in the Volunteer Services Center. With this additional
space, the CDR expanded its home delivery program and began an evening
THE COMMUNITY DINING ROOM:
Serves over 4,000 meals each month
Serves a hot lunch daily in our dining room
Offers a home-delivery program to Branford and North Branford residents
Friendly Visitor Program
Provides an evening family dinner
Hosts special holiday dinners at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Offers community service opportunities to youth
Promotes literacy within the family
Meets our guests' emotional, physical and material needs through
referrals to social service agencies, medical screenings and crisis counseling
Provides nutritional support to seniors in an effort
to delay entry into nursing homes
Collaborates with the Connecticut Food Bank, the
Greater New Haven Emergency Food Council, End Hunger Connecticut, and
the Visiting Nurses Association
Our Executive Director , Patricia
Kral, acts as a client-advocate, working with community agencies,
local welfare offices, business and health care providers to identify
Pat Kral, Executive Director of The Community Dining Room was recently presented with the Non-Profit Community Service Award for outstanding achievement by the Branford Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to the Chamber for recognizing the CDR! Also pictured are CDR Board members Cheryl Kaiden, Judy Stebbins, Jayne Nunziante, and Susan Barnes.
Celebrating 25 Years of Service
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photos, menus & more!
Who's ready for Food, Fun and Games? We are! Join us on the Branford Green on Tuesdays 6/11, 7/9 and 8/13 at 5:30pm. Just bring your picnic blanket and water bottle and we will provide a free picnic dinner from 6-6:30pm. After dinner, stay for fun and sports courtesy of the East Shore District Health Dept! A perfect family activity for warm Summer evenings. [click here]
The CDR thanks our friends at Comcast for working on some major projects around the Dining Room recently. These included painting the dining room, back porch and bathroom and performing a deep cleaning of our kitchen and pantry. They also purchased a new freezer for us and filled it full of quality fresh meats! We are very grateful for this community support from our Comcast neighbors!
Connex Credit Union recently opened a new branch in Branford. During the ribbon cutting, Connex made a $500 donation to the CDR as a way of thanking the community for welcoming them. [click here for more]
The CDR congratulates Capital One for being recognized in The Civic 50 for their corporate citizenship. Over the last several years, Capital One's volunteers have regularly donated their time to our organization as part of their community engagement program. In addition, Capital One made an extremely generous $5,000 donation to the CDR this year. We appreciate and applaud their commitment to our community. Congratulations, Capital One!