From Captain & Chef Fern Heinig:
Tuesday was a rainy night. The rain put off some of our usual guests so we did not have a full house, only nineteen guests. However, five additional guests did ask for take-away, which we were able to provide (as usual).
We once again had a full team of volunteers, led by Buzz Aldrin middle schoolers, and their parents. The question was asked to me several times this week, how do I get such a dedicated team every month. The kids love volunteering for MESH and then bring their parents (who also actually enjoy it). I learned I need to keep the kids engaged so I plan the menu somewhat around the volunteers. I always have lots to chop, mix, stir etc. until it is time to serve. We let the kids do most of the serving while the adults clean up the kitchen.
Broccoli with cheese sauce
Black and white cookies and tangerines
We also had two non-fish-eating vegetarians who had meatless schnitzel as their main.
Our volunteer crew this week:
Elliot and his friend Miles. Holly with her kids, Sienna, Taylor, and Max and niece Paige, who just moved here from Australia. Alana and her daughter Hannah. Dag with her sons Kal and Kass. Brian and his daughter Meg
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.