Make Your Own Scarecrow to Benefit the CDR!
Every Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day in October, 10-5 each day at Bishop's Orchards Farm Market, 1355 Boston Post Road in Guilford, CT.

Don't miss this annual fall, family-favorite event that's fun for all ages! We supply all of the materials you'll need, from hay to hats, to stuff your scarecrow. You'll also find glitter tattoos, face painting by Funderful Face Painting, and a free children's snack with every scarecrow! All proceeds from scarecrows and glitter tattoos benefit the Community Dining Room (CDR), a not-for-profit organization currently serving approximately 4,500 meals per month to shoreline neighbors.


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 is served every day, Sunday - Saturday, Noon-1pm


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

Come join is for a Healthy Dinner, Children's Activities and Education. Click here to find out more!

*Now we have a Regular Weekly Menu so families can look forward to their favorite meals--click here for more info!


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 ]

The CDR Thanks
Our Major Donors

Branford Community Foundation
Bishop's Orchards
Campus Customs
Capital One Bank
Coldwell Banker
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Feinstein Foundation
Guilford Rental
Guilford Savings Bank
NewAlliance Foundation
N2N Lifeline Archdiocese of Hartford
Robert's Food Center
Swindell Foundation
The Lockup Self Storage
United Way of Greater New Haven
V.F. McNeil Insurance




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Please join the Branford Lions Club as we celebrate Oktoberfest at the Stony Creek Brewery on Sunday, October 4th from 3:00-6:00pm. Your paid ticket will allow you to enjoy beer, wine, German food, and entertainment in the private Celebration Room on the second floor of the brewery. Bocce, CornHole and Giant Jenga are outside to enjoy as well. For an additional donation, scheduled tours of the brewery will be available to anyone wishing an up close and personal experience of the process: from grain to brew to the consumer.

For this event, the Lions Club of Branford will give 50% of all the net proceeds to the Community Dining Room. The balance of the proceeds will go to the many other charities that the Branford Lions Club supports. Please spread the word and either purchase tickets in person from any Branford Lions Club Member (at $35 each), or logon to eventbrite and purchase tickets there (at $37.92 each).


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