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
Visit the CDR blog for news,
photos, menus & more!
Branford Healthy Smiles
When was the last time you visited a dentist for a cleaning and a check-up? Click here for information on dental health and details on how the Branford Counseling Center can help you find a local dentist!
CDR Sponsors Mammography Screenings
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital will sponsor mammography screenings for the community on Thursday April 30, from 7.30am to 2:30pm at the CDR, 30 Harrison Avenue in Branford. Each appointment takes 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment for your free screening, please call Melissa Branch from the CDR at 203.488.0447 no later than April 16, 2015.
The CDR and the Branford Family Resource Center present "Parent Chats": Once a month, the CDR will host a series of "Parent Chats" facilitated by Wendy Miller, FRC Coordinator and Parents as Teachers (PAT) Certified Parent Educator. All "Parent Chats" will be held at the CDR (30 Harrison Avenue in Branford) from 5:30-6:45 PM. FREE Dinner will be served from 5:30-6 and "Parent Chat" will be from 6-6:30.Children will participate in an activity related to the developmental topic. For more information and a list of scheduled dates and topics, please click here.
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