Registration is now open for the CDR's 11th Annual Shoreline Walkathon, Saturday, April 26.
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The Community Dining Room is committed to serving the community by feeding the hungry and helping with other basic human needs. We strive to promote public awareness of the impact of hunger and isolation in our society. We are dedicated to helping our guests with their practical needs through referrals and fellowship.

The Community Dining Room serves the south-central Connecticut shoreline from East Haven to Old Saybrook including the towns of East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, and Old Saybrook.

The Community Dining Room serves:

Served Daily, Sunday-Friday: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


(for families with children)
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.


Call for pick up, (203) 488-0447.

Saturdays: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

All are welcome!

For more information, please contact us at (203) 488-9750 or

Many of our CT neighbors are struggling with food insecurity. The CDR, its volunteers and many friends are doing what we can to help fill this void. Please help today with a monetary or food donation. We particularly need canned goods: fruit, soup, broth, stew, tuna, beans. Please consider doing a simple food drive in your neighborhood! Thank you! [ read more ]

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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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30 Harrison Avenue \ Branford, CT 06405 \ (203) 488-9750