This past Sunday at the Stony Brook University P-Lot, Donna Reilly-Ribaudo and Nathalie Lilavois, Ed.D, principal of Mount Elementary School, collaborated together to create the First Long Island Cares Food Drive. With the help of the Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc., over 500 non-perishable food items were collected in the short period of one afternoon. On top of that, nearly 90 pounds of clothing was collected. It was shocking for the donors to learn that over 300,000 fellow Long Islanders go hungry every night. This food drive would not have been successful without the generous donors of the Three Village Soccer Club community. The board of the soccer club was kind enough to set up a tent to promote the food drive. Reilly-Ribaudo believes, “Parents should teach their young children that charity should be a part of everyday life, not just a once-a-year event.” Efforts have already begun to plan, promote, and execute another food drive in the near future.