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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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March is National Nutrition Month
In recognition of National Nutrition Month, in March the CDR will be serving more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fewer sweet desserts. Please join us in this effort and be especially mindful of good eating practices this month and beyond. Increased awareness can improve diet and health in general. Here's to improved health and well-being through nutritious eating!


Chili for a Cause
Sample Branford's finest chili as part of the Chamber of Commerce's annual Chili Challenge for a Cause. The event will take place on Saturday, March 29th from noon-3pm at various downtown Branford shops and restaurants. The Parthenon Diner has selected the CDR as its favorite charity; if the Diner wins the chili challenge, a donation will be made to the CDR. Be sure to stop by Envy in Downtown Branford during the event to sample the Parthenon's chili and then vote for the Diner to win.


CDR Hosts Free Mammography Screenings!
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital will sponsor free mammography screenings for the community on Wednesday, April 24, from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the CDR, 30 Harrison Avenue, Branford, CT. Each appointment takes 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment for your free screening, please call Melissa Branch at the CDR 203.488.0447 no later than April 10, 2014.


Registration is now open for the CDR's 11th Annual Shoreline Walkathon! The event will be held on Saturday, April 26 with registration starting at 9:00am on the Branford Town Green.


  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.  

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