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 4,500 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
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!
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.
SOUP FOR GOOD
Enjoy a warm, soup supper while supporting two great shoreline organizations—the Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room--at Soup for Good, Sunday, November 16, 4:30-6:30pm at Guilford Art Center. Guests are invited to the Art Center school to enjoy a bowl of hearty soup, bread, dessert and glass of wine or sparkling water. Each guest gets to choose their own one-of-a-kind soup bowl, handcrafted by Guilford Art Center potters. Bowls will be washed and dried for each guest to take home, “for good.” Tickets for Soup for Good are $30 in advance, $35 at door. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Community Dining Room, as well as Guilford Art Center. For reservations and more information contact Guilford Art Center at (203) 453-5947 or www.guilfordartcenter.org.
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.
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
Used children's clothing, and adult and children's accessories (hats, belts, scarves, ties, etc.), for one of our annual fundraising activities