Community Dining Room
30 Harrison Ave.
Branford CT 06405
Contact Information
Address 30 Harrison Ave.
Branford, CT 06405-
Telephone (203) 488-9750 xx 1
Fax 203-315-7718
E-mail jbarron@communitydiningroom.org
Web and Social Media
Working together to end hunger on the shoreline
Mission

The mission of the Community Dining Room (CDR) is to end hunger and isolation with food, fellowship, referrals and education.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
The Soup Cellar, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type III Supporting Organization-functionally integrated
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith J. Barron
Board Chair Bill Kirwin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Small Business Owner
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Community Dining Room (CDR) is to end hunger and isolation with food, fellowship, referrals and education.
Background   The Community Dining Room is a private, not-for-profit organization providing valuable and necessary food, social support and companionship to the greater Branford, south central Connecticut shoreline region from Clinton to East Haven. In 1985 several Branford community leaders and clergy members came together to discuss the needs of the hungry and those struggling in their town. It was decided a soup kitchen would be an important addition to the social services available. The Soup Cellar, as it was called at that time, began serving hot lunches every day. Special holiday dinners were held for guests, volunteers and any who would like to join in; these continue today.  Our programs continue to grow and evolve to meet the need in the community.   
Impact
  • continued to address food insecurity in our community through serving over 50,000 meals in 2017
  • continued to provide a dinner to go program for working poor and underemployed
  • continued to assist our home-bound residents with meal deliveries three days a week
  • provided opportunities for friendships to be built and continued at the lunch table
  • provided programs for CDR clients and the community at large to address hunger and health issues
  • provided referrals to additional supports and programs 

 

Needs
  • food--all types
  • financial support
  • packaging materials for food delivery:  large and small baggies, etc.
  • volunteers for kitchen work and fund raising
  • home delivery drivers
  • kitchen equipment
CEO Statement The Community Dining Room has completed another year of service to our greater Branford, shoreline community. We extend a great thanks to all of our volunteers that continue to support us and help make that happen. Our programs are growing and thriving. The demand of our Homebound Meal Program continues to grow due to meet the needs of the senior population.Our daily lunch program (including our Saturday Brunch) continues to be very popular.We have recently implemented a Friday night family take out dinner program twice a month in addition to continuing the popular Wednesday night take out dinner for working families. Last year we continued our health screenings and educational programs open to our clients and the broader community. The Community Dining Room staff and volunteers look forward to continuing to serve and support the needs of our neighbors as a resource for ourcommunity.In this way we will continue to positively impact the quality of life we all strive to enjoy. Judith Barron - CDR Executive Director
Board Chair Statement
The year 2017 was another busy and productive year for Community Dining Room. It was our first full year with our new staff.  Our Board of Directors grew to its full complement, and we have put them all to work to create innovative new fundraising ideas, new programs, and in general enable the energetic vision of our Executive Director.

We served our community with delicious hot meals in our dining room, takeout programs, and home delivery. We expanded our social referral programs and our network of other service organizations to better serve the shoreline community.

I am grateful to our staff, our volunteers, and all those that contributed to and benefited from our services.

Bill Kirwin - CDR Chairman


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Areas Served
Branford
East Haven
Guilford
Madison
North Branford
The CDR serves all ages from infants to older adults in the greater Branford shoreline area including North Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
  • volunteers are welcome for all CDR programs and fund raising activities
  • attendance at fund raising activities is encouraged-bring your friends
  • food and financial support is needed
  • please refer neighbors in need to our programs
Programs
Description Home delivered dinners for the Branford and North Branford community serving over 100 individuals are provided each week.  Last year over 24,000 meals were delivered to frail, elderly, home-bound and others suffering with illness.  Families report this nutritional support  helps delay entry to nursing facilities and improves quality of life for their family menbers.
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Elderly and/or Disabled / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Feedback from clients and agencies that refer clients. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Number of referrals and testimonies received from clients on the program or their families on the benefit of the program.
Description
A free lunch is provided Sunday through Friday 12 Noon - 1:00 PM  and a brunch is provided every Saturday 11 AM to 12 Noon for all who seek food support.  Usually 50 to 85 persons receive a hot nutritious meal on any given day.  Some come for food support alone while others, grappling with lonliness as well as the issues of those living on small incomes, find a friendly face and listening ear each day.  In calendar year 2017, we served 20,998 daily meals in the Community Dining Room.
Population Served Adults / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

- Companionship and friendships are built and sustained.

- People who are hungry do not need to worry about where their next meal is coming from.
 
 


 

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

- Different families and individuals are taking advantage of the meals provided allowing them to focus on improving their lives.

- Individuals are healthier due to having access to more nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables. 
 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

- Staff become acquainted with the participants and can see how their lives are improving for the better as the need to use the CDR services decrease.

- Statistics are kept on meals served with year over year comparisons. 


 

Description
Families with children attend this dinner which offers not only a kid friendly menu but include craft projects and cultural diversity and other creative additions.  Parents have a chance to enjoy a family dinner "out" while their kids receive interactional experiences.  Anywhere from 20 -40 individuals participate in this program to help stretch weekly budgets by attending program.  This program provides students with interactive and fun experiences outside the regular school setting.
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Population Served Families / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Our short term measure of success is to see families move in and out of this program; utilizing it less and less as they gain their financial footing and their family budgets become more stable.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Our long term success measure would be to have there be no continuing need for family food support; that all families would have access to as much nutritious food as they need at all times.
 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Attendance statistics, related service program participation and verbal interchanges present a picture of the condition of the family.  Referrals to various support programs are provided.  Being available to families in need, in a comprehensive fashion, is an indication this program is meeting it's goal to provide short term support to economically struggling families.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Families constantly benefit from this program.  Families are self reporting this program helps them save food dollars to pay other bills.  Women have been able to support their families while attending school and moving forward professionally. 
Description
Our Wednesday and Friday night take out programs were  developed to meet the increasing needs of the middle class for food support in order to stretch their income and meet the needs of their families .  Families feeling the difficulities of the economic downturn, having lost hours at work or their jobs entirely, can register for the Wednesday weekly or Friday twice a month family style meals to be picked up and used for dinner later that night.
Population Served Families / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
Community service is offered ongoing for students.  In order to fulfill school requirements students perform a varity of tasks for and with the CDR which include not only food preparation, serving and clean up but food drives, volunteer opportunities and special academic research projects.  Students work under the guidance of the CDR Volunteer Coordinator. The CDR places a strong emphasis on providing youth of all ages with volunteer opportunities which give them hands on experiences and insights into the merits and joys of volunteering.  Most students who volunteer with the CDR do so for several years throughout their academic education.  This non-traditional approach to learning, outside the school setting, is a valuable tool for students as they become the leaders of the future.
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The CDR focus is to improve health and financial condition with food support.  We nourish families and individuals with food, friendship, support services and a sense of moving forward in their lives.  All our programs work together financially to support the mission of the organization.  As a result there is one inclusive budget for all programs.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Judith J. Barron
Term Start Jan 2016
Email jbarron@communitydiningroom.org
Experience

Judith Barron came to CDR two years ago. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Albertus Magnus College. Judith was employed with the Town of North Branford as a Supervisor for their Recreation / Senior Center for 11 years. Prior to her employment with North Branford she spent some time working with SARAH, Inc. as a Community Experience Instructor and Marrakech, Inc. as a Group Home Counselor. Judith also worked for the State of Connecticut for four and a half years as a Judicial Marshal. During her free time she is actively involved in youth sports with her children and is the President of Branford Youth Cheerleading as well as Coach for the past three years as well as the Treasurer, Fundraiser, and Coach for Branford Girls Softball the past four years. She has a knowledgeable background that has been a wonderful fit for the Executive Director of the Community Dining Room.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 150
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Patricia Kral Aug 1991 - Dec 2015
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
The CDR works with many local organizations:
Branford Food Pantry
CT Food Bank
East Shore Health Department
VNA
Read To Grow
Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Greater New Haven Emergency Food Council
Branford Early Learning Center
Branford Counseling Center
BH Care
Women & Family Life 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Official Citation, Citizen of the YearState of Connecticut, General Assembly1989
Children Feeding Children DayTown of Branford2015
Best Practices Soup KitchenConnecticut Food Bank2006
Comments
CEO Comments
The CDR has worked with consultants in the past to create long range plans which have been completed regarding their specific goals.  Going forward we have found the goals and objectives put forth annually by the executive director have served adequately to drive the direction of the agency.  Management succession in this small agency, 4 part time and 1 full time employees, will be supported by staff in place and future candidates.
Board Chair
Bill Kirwin
Company Affiliation Small Business Owner
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Skip Ferry Religious
Rita Foster East Shore Health Department Nurse
Cheryl Germaine
Charlene Marqua Remax Realtor
Lynda Mollow RTM Member
Barbara Naclerio East Shore Health Department Educator
John Opie Retired
Tony Pinto Business Owner - Shoreline Wines
Dr. Carolyn Rambus Yale New Haven Hospital
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Board Co-Chair
Dr. Carolyn Rambus
Company Affiliation Yale
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Email crambusmd@yahoo.com
Standing Committees
Executive
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Finance
CEO Comments
The challenge faced by the Community Dining Room presently is how to not only provide food to individuals and families who struggle financially but to help them achieve a better quality of life.  Good nutrition is critical to a healthy and good life.  Grappling with the issuses of the poor can make good food choices hard.  Obesity in both children and adults has reached record levels.  The CDR places a strong focus on education regarding good food choices, nutrition and  physical exercise.  We offer workshops and health screenings for adults, children and the community at large on these topics.  The meals we serve are well balanced with more vegetables and fewer sweets.  The CDR agency provides overlaping food and nutrition services in all our programs.  Because of this all our programs are grouped into one collective budget.  The on-going challenge we face while preparing over 200 meals on any given day is to efficiently utilize every piece of food we have available. 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $189,000.00
Projected Expenses $255,530.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
CDR 9902016
CDR 9902015
CDR 9902014
CDR 9902013
CDR 9902012
CDR 9902011
CDR 9902010
CDR 9902009
CDR 9902008
CDR 9902007
IRS Letter of Exemption
Community Dining Room IRS Ltr.
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$849,732$729,540$731,390
Current Assets$184,308$201,739$297,229
Long-Term Liabilities$4,162$9,593$4,269
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$845,570$719,947$727,121
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Seedlings Foundation $12,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --G Research $12,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --NewAlliance Foundation $10,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments The CDR is a small organization relying on in-kind donations to operate programs. These donations are not reflected in our financial statement of condition. As a result our pie chart is misleading. It does not present an accurate picture of the income and expenses of our agency. Please read further into our profile to understand all we do to feed the hungry in our community.
 
The CDR works to maintain a sound financial picture currently and for the future.  We believe our services to be necessary to the well-being of the persons we serve as well as the entire community and design our programs to address these on-going needs.  We provide more than food support through nutritional education, a strong and familiar community to help lessen the impact of loneliness and good dietary and physical education.
 
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 30 Harrison Ave.
Branford, CT 06405
Primary Phone 203 488-9750 x 1
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith J. Barron
Board Chair Bill Kirwin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Small Business Owner

 

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