MESH Report March 12, 2024

We had a great group that made preparing and packing 50 meals easy work, not to mention the lively conversation!

Chef Lynne organized a hearty, tasty and colorful meal of Panko Crusted Tilapia, Sweet Potato Fries and Cole Slaw, accompanied by a hearty club roll (makes a great fish-a-ma-jig sandwich for those who can recall) and a mini cup of homemade tartar sauce. Aileen Grossberg contributed pudding, chocolate chip cookies and clementines for dessert. Of course we included a water bottle for good measure.

Sous chefs were Alex Kent, Carole Rothman and Carol Ziegler-Blau. Expert packers and new MESH volunteers Noah and Aaron Delaney helped finish the task in near record time.

Lynne brought the bags over to The Office, where Patricia and her crew accepted our contribution with big smiles and multiple thank yous. Patricia is particularly grateful that Shomrei has been donating any usable leftovers from our weekend events. Each Monday Aileen checks the inventory, lets Patricia know what’s available and facilitates delivery by bringing it herself or packing it up for Patricia to pick up. Yasher Koach Aileen!

Shomrei prepares, packs and delivers 50 meals for MESH on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. If you would like to join us at Shomrei in this important mitzvah please sign up at:

!! Additional Volunteer Opportunity !!

MESH serves dinner 6 nights a week from 4:30-6:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, at 619 Bloomfield Ave, in Montclair.  If you would like to volunteer to help distribute meals and visit with the guests, you can sign up directly on the new SignUp Genius set up by the MESH parent organization.  See the note from MESH below.  This past Tuesday Barbara Gollub was there to help.  If you do go to help, please let me know so we can acknowledge your service in this newsletter.  

NOTE from MESH: Volunteering with MESH has been made easier – We are thrilled to announce the launch of our latest SignUpGenius! If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit our unique SignUpGenius link and simply select your preferred timeslot!

We have up to four positions available daily, Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, so feel free to sign up yourself and a friend!


About MESH:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei (Montclair Emergency Services for Hope) is a cooperative effort between the MESH organization and local synagogues and churches.

Shomrei is providing 50 MESH meals on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  We need helpers to prepare and pack. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering to help with food preparation or bagging. Volunteers are also welcomed to help serve at the MESH site, 619 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair- the site of the former Office Restaurant. MESH provides dinner 6 nights a week, Monday through Saturday, 4:30-6:30 pm.

Sign up to help at: or to make a donation at:

For questions, contact Lynne or Aileen
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