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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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Please join the Branford Lions Club as we celebrate Oktoberfest at the Stony Creek Brewery on Sunday, October 4th from 3:00-6:00pm. Your paid ticket will allow you to enjoy beer, wine, German food, and entertainment in the private Celebration Room on the second floor of the brewery. Bocce, CornHole and Giant Jenga are outside to enjoy as well. For an additional donation, scheduled tours of the brewery will be available to anyone wishing an up close and personal experience of the process: from grain to brew to the consumer.

For this event, the Lions Club of Branford will give 50% of all the net proceeds to the Community Dining Room. The balance of the proceeds will go to the many other charities that the Branford Lions Club supports. Please spread the word and either purchase tickets in person from any Branford Lions Club Member (at $35 each), or logon to eventbrite and purchase tickets there (at $37.92 each).


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