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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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Visit Trailblazer in Branford on October 29th from 6-8pm for Socktoberfest, an opportunity to shop and enjoy food and raffle items while raising funds for the CDR. For more information please see our flyer or stop in to Trailblazer!


Soup for Good

The Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room present Soup for Good, Sunday, November 15, 4:30-7pm at Guilford Art Center. Guests are invited to the Guilford 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 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.


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
Read the latest CDR Newsletter.


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