MESH Report Dec 7, 2021

Chief chef and leftover maven Aileen Grossberg, with the expert assistance of salad maker Barbara Gollob and all round kitchen expert Susan Rosenblatt, overcame technical difficulties and prepared twenty meals of tossed salad, thyme flavored carrots, meatloaf surprise* with potato topping, clementines, cookies and the usual bottle of water. Vegetarians were accommodated with veggie burgers and mashed potatoes and carrots. Teen helper Collin provided crescent rolls.

As an added bonus the Shomrei preschool decorated and filled sumptuous breakfast bags with dry cereal, juice and other nutritious morning goodies.

With Susan and Barbara’s help, the meal was completed and bagged in record time for MESH staff member Mr. Tyson to pick up the meals for distribution to our guests.

One hungry guest came by Shomrei, unaware that we were not serving. When she received her dinner and breakfast bag, she was so grateful for the blessing of hot food.

* Meatloaf surprise is meatloaf left over from a misunderstanding a couple of weeks ago. The meatloaf was crumbled. Then frozen mixed vegetables and garlic spaghetti sauce were added for bulk and flavor. The mixture was placed in a 9 x 13 pan and topped with mashed potatoes and baked until hot. You might even call it an ad hoc shepherd’s pie.

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About MESH:

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. While in-person service has been discontinued, we are providing hearty, nutritious take-out meals for the hungry. Shomrei’s turn is on Tuesday nights. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering to help with food preparation or bagging or by making a donation at:

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