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!
Thanksgiving Feast at the CDR
The CDR will serve a full, traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 27, beginning at Noon thru 1:30. All members of the community are invited to join the feast. Empty nesters, older adults, neighbors who would enjoy sharing a Fancy Thanksgiving Dinner with neighbors are encouraged to attend. If you know someone who would enjoy and benefit from this wonderful community event, please do invite them to join us!
If you're interested in contributing a favorite dish or a gallon of cider or milk, please contact Melissa Branch at 488-0447 (please leave a message).
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.
Jazz at HOME Supports the CDR!
Mark your calendars: Blue Plate Radio is bringing award-winning musician JJ Sansaverino back to Branford restaurant, HOME, 1114 Main St., Branford, CT, on Friday, December 12 for an exclusive, one-night only show as part of his "Waiting for You" holiday tour. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm. All attendees are asked to bring a bag of non-perishable food items with them for a food drive to support the CDR.
Tickets are $30 in advance at http://www.blueplateradio.com/tickets or $35 cash at the door. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets early. No tickets will be sold at the door when the advance tickets sell out.
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