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Published Feb. 12, 2020

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In the Jan. 23 issue of The Sound, an article appeared concerning the North Branford/Northford Home Delivery Program [“Armin Helps CDR Home Delivery Grow in North Branford”]. As I read this article, I was appalled and astonished.

This program was started approximately eight years ago by Diane Farley and me under the direction of former Community Dining Room (CDR) director Pat Kral and Betsy Klarman, director of the Home Delivery program in Branford. With the generous offer of the North Branford Congregational Church to use its kitchen at no charge and several months of organizing volunteers, supplying our pantry, working with the Connecticut Food Bank, and soliciting donations, we were able to start delivering meals to those in need. Our first delivery was Jan. 17, 2012.

We started with a small number of qualified recipients, but as time went on and people became aware of this program the numbers grew. We delivered two freshly prepared hot meals every Tuesday. These meals included freshly baked rolls or muffins and fresh Italian bread donated by Leoni’s. Our group was made up of cooks and drivers, all of whom were dedicated to the program.

Due to the changes being made at CDR, we were no longer able to operate out of the Church. Also, it had become physically harder for the two of us to continue to participate. We both enjoyed our time with the program and appreciated the opportunity to serve our people.

Alice W. Lehr
North Branford