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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.

THE COMMUNITY DINING ROOM:

  • 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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Pot Luck Dinner with Sarah Smiley
Join the CDR and R.J. Julia as they welcome author, columnist and navy wife, Sarah Smiley, for a pot luck dinner on September 18, beginning at 6:00pm. Sit, relax, and share dinner before Sarah shares her story at 7:00pm. Please let RJ Julia know what you are brining to avoid repetition. This event is free, click here to reserve your spot! The event takes place at R.J. Julia’s at 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. To learn more about Sarah Smiley and the evening’s program, click here.

 
 
 
  CDR Sponsors Mammography Screenings in Branford October 23
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital will conduct mammography screenings for the community on Thursday, October 23, from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the CDR, 30 Harrison Avenue in Branford. Each appointment takes 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment for your screening, please call Melissa Branch from the CDR at 203.488.0447 no later than October 9, 2014.
 
 
 
 

Our Summer Meals Program was a great success...over 8,000 meals were provided to children in need.

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