Members of the high school’s culinary club used their talents in the kitchen to make life a little easier for those having a difficult time this holiday season. The group spent the day at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island cooking for the families currently staying there.

Salad, French toast, pasta with broccoli, quesadillas, corn bread and cupcakes were on the menu. Culinary Club Advisor Meris First purchased the ingredients with funds donated by club members who worked together to cook the food from scratch. Their nutritious efforts were offered to the 39 families staying at the house that day. 

“The students prepared a meal from the heart so the families could relax after a difficult day at the hospital, while focused on the health of their child,” said First. “They made a big difference, which was tremendously gratifying and very rewarding for them. 

According to Ronald McDonald House of Long Island President Matt Campo, the meal program is an important part of how the house operates, with various volunteer groups arriving daily to help out. He was very grateful for the Locust Valley High School volunteers. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island provides a home away from home for families experiencing the pain of having a child who is sick in the hospital. The facility can accommodate 42 families at a given time. Having meals prepared each day allows family members a reprieve from the hospital environment.