Welcome to LINK, Inc.

LINK, Inc. is a non-profit, 501C3 charity that exists to provide emergency food to people in need in the Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. The all-volunteer staff members at LINK believe in the power of selfless service and the importance of providing people in crisis with unconditional love. Click here to watch a video that explains LINK's mission.

Quick "Links"

Want to help?

Click here to go to SignUpGenius and see a list of LINK's current need for volunteers.

Need more information about LINK's Holiday Program?

Click here to learn about our Holiday Program.

Need food?

Click here to see the qualifications and procedures for requesting emergency food.

Have food to donate?

Click here to learn What foods are needed most right now.

LINK Mobile Food Pantry

Click here to learn about LINK's Mobile Food Pantry.

Rescue the Food

Click here to learn how LINK Volunteers "rescue" good usable food from school dumpsters.

LINK Schedule of Events

Click here to learn about LINK's upcoming events.



“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”  Dr. Seuss

Please use the "Quick "Links" at the left of this page to learn more about the listed subject.


President's Message

The cooler weather and changing leaves remind us that the holiday season is just around the corner. LINK is always happy to have the volunteer efforts of so many at this special time of the year. As the quote above reminds us, it is important to care for our community and our neighbors. We hope you can volunteer at one of our events or offer to host a food drive, gently used coat drive and/or new toy drive to benefit the 750 families who have signed up for holiday help.

We would like to thank the following groups who have helped LINK in the past few months –


Individuals & Groups – Girl Scout Troop 2880 prepared recipes to be included with the packed bags of food. Simple Gesture delivered 2478 pounds of food to in August and October. To sign up to collect food or donate food through this program, go to this link. Delegate Jennifer Boysko collected food for LINK during the Herndon High School Homecoming parade in October.


Churches – Sterling United Methodist Church’s Senior Activity Group put together toiletry bags to distribute to LINK clients. Community Lutheran Church donated fresh food from its community garden. Northern Virginia Church of Christ Preteen (5th and 6th graders) Group and youth from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church volunteered in the pantry helping sort and label food. Herndon United Methodist Church Sunday School classes collected Jelly to benefit LINK.


Businesses – Dentistry for Children of Northern VA held a school supply drive at several of their locations to benefit LINK; O'Sullivan's Irish Pub hosted a Day at the Races to benefit LINK and raised $700. Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation collected food and monetary donations for LINK.


Schools – Goddard School hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for LINK – the school matched the funds raised by the students. They also hosted a food drive during an outing at Monkey Joe’s in Sterling. Herndon Middle School donated fresh vegetables from its school garden to benefit LINK. Dominion High School and Freedom High School Special Needs classes continue their volunteerism this school year by helping in the LINK pantry sorting food and labeling.


Volunteer at our Holiday Programs – LINK will need hundreds of volunteers to help with our Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Programs. We also need food drives, gently used coat drives and new toy drives. If you would like to help us, please send an email to – president@linkagainsthunger.org.  To volunteer for our Holiday Programs,
•              To sign up to volunteer for Thanksgiving dates (Nov. 14 - 19), go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-201610   
•              To sign up to volunteer for Christmas dates (Dec. 12 – 17), go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904044EA9A7292-201611


Rescue Food at area Schools  – pick up food that would’ve been thrown away at local elementary schools and bring it to LINK, Embry Rucker Shelter, low income apartment complexes, and other locations. Pickups are during school hours and takes about 1 hour.  We will resume this program in September.
•          To see a list of each School – go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-school21


Mobile Food Pantry – we need volunteers to help at our Mobile Food Pantry events which are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the rear parking lot at Christ the Redeemer Church from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. To sign up to help, click here. LINK has distributed more than 340,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 7900 families. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.


Top Food Needs – Here is a list of our top food needs – hearty canned soup, canned chicken, boxed rice/pasta side dishes, canned fruit, tomato sauce, boxed potatoes, as well as paper products and toiletries.

For other volunteer opportunities, contact us at president@linkagainsthunger.org and check our SignUpGenius link  below –


Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President