Community Dining Room
30 Harrison Ave.
Branford CT 06405
Contact Information
Address 30 Harrison Ave.
Branford, CT 06405-
Telephone (203) 488-9750 x
Fax 203-315-7718
E-mail jbarron@communitydiningroom.org
Web and Social Media
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 N/A
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.     
Impact
  • met the need for food support in our community
  • continue food pick-up program for underemployed
  • friendships are built and continue at the lunch table
  • programs for CDR clients and the community at large address hunger and health issues
  • referrals to additional supports and federal hunger programs are available

 

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 is a well established and dependable organization providing critical social service supports to the south central Connecticut shoreline from Madison to East Haven and North Branford.
These services include food support, home delivered dinners, health and nutrition education and community service opportunities for students.
Board Chair Statement

The year 2016 was another busy and productive year for Community Dining Room. It was our first year with new staff. There were a number of investments in new kitchen equipment, some planned, some not.

 

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, Co-Chair
Board of Directors
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.
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 community serve over 60 individuals each week on a daily basis.  Friendly visiting is offered to program recipients and made available upon request.  Last year over 16,500 meals were provided to frail elderly and others suffering with chronic 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
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. 
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
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 educational experiences.  Anywhere from 8 to 30 families stretch their weekly budgets by attending this educational and delicious dinner.  This educational program provides students with learning experiences outside the regular school setting.
A take-out dinner program has been added to this Tuesday dinner for individuals.
Population Served Families / Adults /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy 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
WNTO is a program 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 this weekly, family style meal to be used for dinner or after school snack as best meets their needs.
Population Served Adults / Families / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy 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 / /
Description
Home Delivery program to the North Branford area operating out of the No. Branford Congregational Church.  Now serving approximately 20-25 individuals home delivered, nutritious lunches.
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Elderly and/or Disabled
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.
Program members are canvassed periodically for satisfaction of the food received and continuing needs.  They report benefits of eating a regular hot meal daily and the well being that comes from having a visitor bring them lunch in their homes.  These social and nutritional supports have a proven positive affect on the health and well being of individuals.
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.
This program began in 2012 providing 25 meals each month.  Presently we serve over 50 meals on some months.  The program is increasingly providing for the population we strive to support.  Family members report their elderly loved ones are more healthy, happier, better fed and in some cases are able to remain in their homes rather than moving to nursing facilities.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Delivery persons talk with program members to assess their condition and satisfaction with the program.  Staff send periodic flyers of needs and other items available to program members.  Families have contact information to report additional needs or changes in delivery schedule.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
On several occasions family members have reported their elderly loved ones are happier and healthier than they had been before they began participating in our home delivery program.  There is no doubt nutrition aides all persons cognitive reasoning and well being.  Families and program members are very happy with our lunch time home delivery program.
Description Realizing that money may run short at the end of the month for our clients, a monthly Friday night meal has been added at the end of each month to ensure there is access to healthy nutritious food.
Population Served Adults / Families /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description Our mission is ensuring that our clients have access to nutritious meals each day, and holidays are no exception.  The CDR strives to provide a special holiday meal for all; ensuring that no one is without food or companionship.
Population Served Adults / Families /
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 a little over a year 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 0
Female 3
Unspecified 2
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Patricia Kral Aug 1991 - Dec 2015
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive 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 N/A
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Barbara Dahl St. Raphael's Hospital, Clinical Administrator
Skip Ferry Retired
Rita Foster East Shore Nurse
Charlene Marqua Remax Realtor
Lynda Mollow RTM Member
Jayne Nunziante Real Estate Agent
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
Nominating
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 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $189,270.00
Projected Expenses $259,268.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
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 Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$480,032$465,329$449,773
Government Contributions$5,000$2,750$2,500
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$5,000$2,750$2,500
Individual Contributions------
------
$31,313$35,104$42,523
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,897$10,078$7,162
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$360,419$351,825$344,360
Administration Expense$100,388$98,501$91,286
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.141.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$731,390$659,214$566,096
Current Assets$297,229$387,280$331,961
Long-Term Liabilities$4,269$2,346$2,561
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$727,121$656,868$563,535
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $12,000 --New Alliance Foundation $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountG Research $12,000 --United Way of Greater New Haven $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNewAlliance Foundation $10,000 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%0%
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. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. 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
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith J. Barron
Board Chair Bill Kirwin
Board Chair Company Affiliation N/A

 

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