MESH Report November 28, 2023

The MESH team included our usual threesome of Linda Ariel, Lou Hammerman and me (Sarita Eisenberg) plus Alex Kent – a reunion of sorts as we had all just been together on the Civil Rights trip.

I had been thinking of changing the menu – but my calculations showed that the new idea would cost more and potentially take more time to prepare; so I nixed the change, Instead we prepared our usual menu – barbeque chicken drumsticks with sides of roasted potatoes and cole slaw.

We finished in even less time than usual – just under 2 hours! That was thanks to Alex who plowed through chopping the potatoes and other tasks. And to the strategy that Lynne Kurzweil had previously suggested of organizing 50 sets of fixings – each including a cup of coleslaw, apple sauce cup, roll, package of Oreo cookies, water bottle and utensil package – ready to be bagged as soon as the main meal was packed.

Thank you to Lynne Kurzweil for offering to deliver the packed food.

I want to again acknowledge the Fooderie in West Orange, which provides us with a discount on the chicken.


Shomrei is providing 50 MESH meals on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  We need helpers to prepare and pack for December 12 and December 26 and then into 2024!

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.

Please sign up at:



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. 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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