Report from Captain Alex Kent:
Shomrei’s Carol Starr MESH Cafe served a full house on Tuesday night, and also packaged up 7 additional meals for those left out in the cold.
Aileen Grossberg and Sarah Steindel stepped into the void as there was no cook signed up for Tuesday night. Sarah prepared food the day before, and Aileen had everything prepped and ready to go with detailed instructions for Captain Alex Kent to assemble and cook. Luckily there were 5 High School helpers on hand. Thank you teens! Alex and Jaden from the Montclair High Key Club, and Louis, Max, and Kendall from West Orange High School assembled salads, made fruit salad, buttered bread, served, and did dishes.
The menu included a very hearty minestrone soup made by Sarah Steindel, served with bread and butter; a mixed salad with repurposed lox as a topping, really delicious miso glazed salmon, a combined Syrian Supper Club rice dish with peas and mushrooms, and roasted broccoli. Dessert was pineapple, grapes, strawberries, and cookies.
Adrienne, Bonny, and Joe from MESH were all on hand and did an excellent job per usual. There were also two nutrition students from Montclair State who spoke with the guests about their thoughts on food.
Thankfully the 5 teens showed up; for a brief while I thought I might be flying solo! I encourage Shomrei members to sign up for this very satisfying Mitzvah. You’re out of there by 7:30 PM.
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) is a cooperative effort between the MESH organization and local synagogues and churches. Volunteers at each institution cook and serve hearty, nutritious meals for the hungry. Shomrei’s turn is on Tuesday nights. A good meal, and perhaps as important, social interaction and companionship offer respite to those who need it. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering.
To sign up to help, go to shomrei.org/mesh.