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CDR's 11th Annual Shoreline Walkathon!
Despite rain and wind, many friends and families participated in the Community Dining Room's (CDR's) 11th Annual Shoreline Walkathon on Saturday, April 26st on the Branford Town Green. With the support of many volunteers, sponsors and donors, this event included live music, crafts and raffle prizes. We heartily thank Eunice Lasala, our Grand Marshal and Chris Velardi from News Channel 8 for encouraging our walkers.
CDR HOSTS Free Mammography Screenings
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital sponsor free mammography screenings for the community at the CDR every Spring. Please watch our website for info on next year's screenings.
Thank you to Bishop's Orchards, all of our volunteers, and allof our friends who supported our Make Your Own Scarecrow fundraiser. We had another very successful year!
Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale
Thank you to Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale for generously donating proceeds from rides on their magical carousel last Saturday to the CDR.
The Community Dining Room offers several annual family-friendly events:
APRIL Shoreline Walkathon
Gather your family and friends for this annual event held that starts and ends on the beautiful Branford Town Green. Participants will walk a 3 mile loop to Foote Park and back to the Green to raise funds to support the CDR!
WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER Make Your Own Scarecrow
Join us at Bishops Orchards each weekend in October - including Columbus Day - through Halloween to make your own Scarecrow!
Enjoy a night of music, food and dancing each October at the Owenego Inn during our Rocktoberfest Fundraiser!
Celebrating 25 Years of Service
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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.
Got Pantyhose? We need them! Plans are underway for our annual Make Your Own Scarecrow event at Bishop's Orchards. To make the event a success, we are currently seeking pantyhose (to build the scarecrow's body), hats, scarves, gloves and belts. If you have any accessories or pantyhose--old and cleaned or brand new, please drop them off at the Community Dining Room or email Jayne Nunziante.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our annual Make Your Own Scarecrow event will take place at Bishop's Orchards every weekend in October, including Columbus day. Look for more details soon.
The CDR is hiring a part-time Kitchen Coordinator. 3 days/18 hours per week +, occasional Saturday morning. Good knowledge of food preparation and kitchen organization essential. Excellent management and organizational skills required. Must be detail orientated with the ability to multi-task. Must have good communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Collegial and fun work environment. Send resume to Patricia Kral.
The CDR is grateful to be a recipient of food donations collected at Arti Dixson's 4th annual HOPE Gala. Arti Dixson says "I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our 4th Annual HOPE party to fight hunger in CT. Because of you we were able to distribute an abundance of food to The Orange Community Center, The Woodbridge Human Services, The Keefe Center Pantry in New Haven, Fishes and Loaves in New Haven, Makela in West Haven, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Spanish Community Center Pantry in Wallingford, Ispirica in Stamford and the Branford Dining Room." Thank you Arti!
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