Report from Captain Alex Kent:
Shomrei did another stellar job of hosting the MESH Cafe this week. 24 guests were served and we prepared 5 take out containers.
Chef Aileen Grossberg prepared a sumptuous meal, re-purposing a number of items. The first course was a medley of southwestern corn salad, falafel sliders, and roasted veggie pasta. This was followed by a green salad, and a main course of salmon with a hummus topping, couscous with veggies,and green beans, served with a side of bread. Dessert was cookies from the Art Mazel pre-school fundraiser (the source of the sliders as well), and fruit.
The veggie pasta and corn salad were courtesy of Kiddush, and the couscous dish was from the Montclair orchestra performance. We had three non-fish eaters who were served roll-ups from the orchestra event as well.
Helpers included Shomrei youth Elana and Orly, and a non-Shomrei family: Joel, and children Sonya and Henry. Susan Rosenblatt was invaluable in many roles. The MESH staff included Bonny, Adrienne, and Joseph on security.
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.