MESH Report Nov 22, 2022

On a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday, the Carol Starr Mesh Cafe delivered a hearty multi course meal with the promise of the holiday to come. Unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented many pictures of the meal.

Chef Aileen Grossberg, with the able assistance of faithful volunteer Susan Rosenblatt  and seventh grader Jaden (his bar mitzvah is December 10),  prepared a meal of cranberry glazed meatloaf accompanied by  a side of cranberry sauce, roasted baby potatoes and sweet kernels of corn.  A green salad, garnished with a  melange of cucumber, tomatoes, chick peas and olives and a hearty roll filled out the main course. Dessert was a  chocolate chip cookie and slice of pumpkin spice cake, clementines and a bottle of water  to wash it all down. The takeaway bag was filled almost to bursting. But there’s more! A  breakfast bar and Thanksgiving themed napkin completed the almost holiday meal.

MESH has just begun serving meals at the old Office Restaurant on Bloomfield Avenue. So we are now trying to deliver the meals to that location by 5 p.m. Thank you to Gail Stocks for volunteering to deliver today’s bags.

Please sign up for delivery if you can. MESH volunteers are also encouraged to hang around and interact with the guests once the new location becomes part of our guests’ routine.

To volunteer for MESH go to Many cooks make fast meals.


We would like to thank Jennifer Moses and Ann Lippel, both of whom donated clothing for the family that has been coming to MESH.

Also please note the following:

MESH is looking for donations of pillows and blankets for the overnight Respite program. If you have some of these items please let Aileen or Lynne know and drop them in the Shomrei office.

Now that MESH has found an indoor location to distribute meals (former location of The Office on Bloomfield Ave) we will need someone to transport the Grab N Go bags to The Office.  The bags need to be delivered between 5 and 5:15 pm.  MESH has also asked that we provide 1-2 volunteers to help pass out the meals and converse with the guests. If you can help please sign up:


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:

For questions, contact Lynne or Aileen
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