Gather your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers for the 12th annual Shoreline Walkathon! The event will be held on Saturday, April 25th on the Branford Green and features a scenic 3-mile walk and family-friendly activities on the Green. Join us and walk in support of the CAR's critical programs and services! For more information and to register, download the flyer, fill out our paper application form or register online here.


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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Branford Healthy Smiles
When was the last time you visited a dentist for a cleaning and a check-up? Click here for information on dental health and details on how the Branford Counseling Center can help you find a local dentist!

  CDR Sponsors Mammography Screenings
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital will sponsor mammography screenings for the community on Thursday April 30, from 7.30am to 2:30pm at the CDR, 30 Harrison Avenue in Branford. Each appointment takes 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment for your free screening, please call Melissa Branch from the CDR at 203.488.0447 no later than April 16, 2015.
The CDR and the Branford Family Resource Center present "Parent Chats": Once a month, the CDR will host a series of "Parent Chats" facilitated by Wendy Miller, FRC Coordinator and Parents as Teachers (PAT) Certified Parent Educator. All "Parent Chats" will be held at the CDR (30 Harrison Avenue in Branford) from 5:30-6:45 PM. FREE Dinner will be served from 5:30-6 and "Parent Chat" will be from 6-6:30.Children will participate in an activity related to the developmental topic. For more information and a list of scheduled dates and topics, please click here.
  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