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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 family dinner.


  • Serves over 4,500 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 available resources.

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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.


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Celebrating 25 Years of Service
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  Thank you to the Feinstein Foundation!
Thank you to our generous CDR donors in March and April--your contributions helped the CDR receive an award from the Feinstein Foundation in the amount of $362.53. This award was part of the annual Feinstein Challenge to Fight Hunger.
  Got Pantyhose? We need them! Plans are underway for our annual Make Your Own Scarecrow event at Bishop's Orchards. To make the event a success, we are currently seeking pantyhose (to build the scarecrow's body), hats, scarves, gloves and belts. If you have any accessories or pantyhose--old and cleaned or brand new, please drop them off at the Community Dining Room or email Jayne Nunziante.  
Our annual Make Your Own Scarecrow event will take place at Bishop's Orchards every weekend in October, including Columbus day. Look for more details soon.

The CDR is hiring a part-time Kitchen Coordinator. 3 days/18 hours per week +, occasional Saturday morning. Good knowledge of food preparation and kitchen organization essential. Excellent management and organizational skills required. Must be detail orientated with the ability to multi-task. Must have good communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Collegial and fun work environment. Send resume to Patricia Kral.


The CDR is grateful to be a recipient of food donations collected at Arti Dixson's 4th annual HOPE Gala. Arti Dixson says "I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our 4th Annual HOPE party to fight hunger in CT. Because of you we were able to distribute an abundance of food to The Orange Community Center, The Woodbridge Human Services, The Keefe Center Pantry in New Haven, Fishes and Loaves in New Haven, Makela in West Haven, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Spanish Community Center Pantry in Wallingford, Ispirica in Stamford and the Branford Dining Room." Thank you Arti!

  In addition to the CDR and the Branford Food Council, there is another great resource for our neighbors in need: the Connecticut Food Bank's Mobil Food Pantry comes to the New Life Apostolic Church at 26 Jefferson Road in Branford the first Friday of the month at 10am. All are welcome.  

Wish List

  • Technical help for CDR office computers
  • Covered sauce pans in various sizes
  • Dust broom and pan
  • Hand-held can openers
  • Heavy-weight industrial strength hand truck
  • Oven mitts and pot holders
  • Regular broom
  • Used children's clothing, and adult and children's accessories (hats, belts, scarves, ties, etc.), for one of our annual fundraising activities
Read the latest CDR Newsletter.


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    Community Dining Room
30 Harrison Avenue \ Branford, CT 06405 \ (203) 488-9750
Email: pkral@communitydiningroom.org