All Food Repacked at Food Bank’s Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx Will Be Distributed to Soup Kitchens & Food Panties Citywide

The ‘Friendly’ Rivalry – an Introduction to the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation – Takes place Just 3 Days Prior to NYR v. NYI Matchup on Ice 

WHO: NY Rangers Wives & Girlfriends: : Therese Lundqvist (Henrik Lundqvist/HLF), Jessica Nash (Rick Nash), Mary Hirst (Dominic Moore), Anna Raanta (Antti Raanta), Melissa Courcelles (Dylan McIlrath),  Kaylee McDonagh (Ryan McDonagh), Emily Glass (Tanner Glass), Kristyn Yandle (Keith Yandle), Jodi Behan (Kevin Klein)

NY Islanders Wives & Girlfriends: Megan Bailey (Josh Bailey), Moa Nielsen (Frans Nielsen), Danielle Okposo (Kyle Okposo), Kristy Rosenberg (Casey Cizikas fiance), Cassie Clutterbuck (Cal Clutterbuck), Stephanie Sabourin (Travis Hamonic’s fiancé), Anne Sophie Bernier (Steve Bernier), Michele Camarena (JF Berube’s girlfriend), Sydney Esiason (Matt Martin).

WHAT: The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, a children’s health and education organization founded by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his wife Therese, will join forces with New York Rangers’ newly relocated hockey rival, the New York Islanders, to support HLF community partner Food Bank For New York City.

Led by co-founder Therese Lundqvist, HLF has gathered a “team” of NY Rangers wives and girlfriends and a “team” of NY Islanders wives and girlfriends to participate in the first ever HLF Food Bank For New York City Repack Day Challenge.

Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools, Food Bank For New York City provides food for more than 64 million meals annually to New Yorkers in need. NY Rangers and NY Islander wives and girlfriends are providing vital help by sorting donated and bulk items into boxes for distribution to Food Bank’s network citywide. Whichever team sorts and boxes the most food will take away the title of HLF 2016 Repack Day Champs!  The HLF is taking this opportunity to introduce the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation and to engage the newest NYC-based hockey team to get involved in the community leading up to the next NYR v. NYI matchup on the ice.

WHEN: Monday, January 11th, 9:30a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Food Bank For New York City’s Warehouse & Distribution Center

355 Food Center Drive (in the Hunts Point Cooperative Market)

Hunts Point, Bronx 10474

 WHY: The November 1, 2013 SNAP cuts caused a loss of 76 million meals in NYC. The negative impact was immediate and widespread.  76% of food pantries and soup kitchen in NYC saw more people on their lines the month the cut took effect than they did in the immediately preceding months. Nearly half (48%) ran out of food that month and they’ve continued to struggle with elevated need ever since.  According to a new report released by Food Bank on November 23, 2015, now two years later, 90 percent of food pantries and soup kitchens report an increase in the number of visitors in September 2015, compared to September 2103 and the number of lost meals has hit a staggering 116 million due to SNAP cuts.  On a monthly basis, these cuts are resulting in the loss of more meals for New York City residents – nearly 5.3 million – than even most of the country’s largest food banks distribute. To access the full report:  Hunger Cliff NYC:  Bridging The City’s Monthly 5.3 Million Meal Loss, go to


To view the photo gallery from the event, please click HERE.


About Food Bank For New York City: Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 64 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 45,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. To learn more about how you can help, please visit  Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter  (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC).

About the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation: Founded in 2014 by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his wife Therese, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services. Since its inception, HLF has provided over $100,000 in grants to community partners in NYC, Sweden and the Dominican Republic. Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, Inc. (HLF) is a New York not-for-profit corporation that has received recognition of federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

About the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation: The New York Islanders Children’s Foundation is a New York State not-for-profit foundation, qualified under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code and qualified as a public charity.  Since its inception in 2003, the Islanders Children’s Foundation has raised more than $9 million.  The ICF is dedicated to supporting the youth of the local community by providing opportunities to children in the areas of health, education and youth hockey development.