Tuesday was frigid for a March night. We had a full house of 24 guests, who were seated early due to the cold. Our guests arrived earlier than usual to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe and we had to decline six guests seats but we were able to provide take away meals so no one left hungry.
The night was incredibly busy, with our early arrival full house and lots of volunteers. Last month, there was a special request made of chef Fern to cook her MESH famous meatballs, so that was the main entree (10 pounds with no leftovers) served with mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower and broccoli. Spinach salad was the first course on arrival followed by a hearty vegetable soup. Dessert was tangerines and cookies.
We were blessed with an abundance of volunteers, both teens and adults. Shomrei teens Jonah and Elana joined non Shomrei teens Siena, Meg, Eden, Hannah, Kal, and Evan. Fern’s regular helpers, Holly and Tracie brought additional friends Elana, Sam, Dagmara, Patrick and Geoff. We had a Marvel crew who all want to help again (one new family of helpers is a celebrity family who lives locally).
The volunteers are all anxious to help again in April.
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.