It is well known that the residents of Branford apartment rentals and the Town of Branford as a whole care about each other, and work to support the greater community. An example of this tradition of caring and stewardship is the Community Dining Room (CDR) which has been open to the public since 1985. Its location on 30 Harrison Ave. is shared with other community efforts, The Branford Food Pantry and the Harbor Health Services Clothing Bank.
The CDR is committed to serving the community by feeding the hungry as well as helping with other basic needs, such as promoting public awareness of hunger and overcoming isolation. According to its director, Patricia Kral, it is now approaching 50,000 meals served with approximately 4,000 meals served each month for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even take-out dinners.
The CDR is staffed by volunteers of all ages, and was recently featured on the Nickelodeon channel’s Nick News on Dec. 4 as an example of a great place for volunteers of all ages to make a difference against hunger. Working at the CDR is a rewarding way to both give back to the community and develop some culinary skills. If cooking is not your thing, then they have plenty of other volunteer opportunities, like literacy programs and community outreach.
All members of the community are invited and welcome to attend the CDR’s full, Traditional Christmas Feast on Sunday, Dec. 25. Food service starts at noon through 1:30 p.m. If you, a friend or family member are interested in helping local causes or if you are part of a cause that needs a helping hand in Branford, then you can stir up support on the Branford Patch. Finally, be sure to check our blog for all kind of great reasons to live in Branford, Stamford, New Haven, Hamden or Norwalk apartments.