Report from Captain Lynne Kurzweil:
This past Tuesday night we welcomed a full complement of 24 seated guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. We also prepared takeout meals for 7 guests, including a family with 3 children who arrived late. Chef Fern Heinig was in her prime, preparing a hearty and delicious meal. First course was fresh made egg salad and seared tuna (repurposed from the weekend). Main course was honey baked chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, a tasty challah roll and a green salad with string beans, cucumber and green pepper.
Dessert was applesauce and cookies. We had another night with a skeleton crew. Sara Ann Erichson and yours truly were sous chefs, servers, clearing etc. Amalia did her usual top notch job of serving and clearing. MESH staffer Joe Tyson handled set up, then serving and clearing with Adrienne. Fern was at the sink doing some pots and pans until our custodian Kevin took over to complete the task.
We really need more volunteers to help. If you can lend a hand please signup. No need to make a long term commitment…. just come once or once a month. We can do this mitzvah together, sharing the work and the satisfaction that comes along.
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.