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.

 

 

Bob Hope said “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple – Loving others!”

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President's Message

Loving others is paramount to what LINK does. However, we can’t do it alone. It takes hundreds of volunteers, schools, scouting groups, businesses, and churches to make this happen. LINK served 827 families (4300+ individuals) on Saturday, December 16th. More than 5000 toys were distributed to the 2174 children (newborn – 16 years of age) registered for assistance. We also distributed 28,000+ pounds of food that would provide 3 days of food to each family and $24,895 in grocery gift cards. 300+ gently used coats were distributed to the families, as well. More than 200 volunteers came and helped sort food & toys, escort clients, shop for food, clothing & toy needs, load vehicles, register families and restock food & toys.

 

I would like to thank our LINK board and member churches who were amazing in their abundance of time and energy. The holiday programs take many hours of time and the dedication of a core group of volunteers ensures the success. True Christ-like service is selfless and focuses on others. Deuteronomy 15:11 says, “There will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'” I believe that this is our call to be the hands and feet of Jesus – to show our neighbors God’s love through our actions. There were 827 families who felt that love on December 16th. They know that they are not forgotten and that someone touched their lives whether it was through a teenager who escorted them around a room filled with food or toys, a kind smiling fraternity member who stood in the cold and loaded their groceries into their car or a smiling volunteer who wished them a Merry Christmas.

 

Thank you to the many businesses, churches, scouting groups and individuals who donated to LINK. Here are some of our donors - A Simple Gesture, Airbus, Herndon & Ashburn, Apptium, Ascend Therapeutics, Automotive Service Excellence, Boy Scouts - Scouting for Food, CalAmp, Calohan Family, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Classical Ballet Theatre, Community Lutheran Church, Costco NE Division, CWPS, Dranesville Church of the Brethren, Fairfax Motorcycle Police Division Santa Ride, Food Lion, Herndon-Chantilly, Girl Scout Junior Troop 1105, Girl Scout Troop 1255, Girl Scout Troop 6080, Gladstone Companies, Great Harvest Bread, Griffin Owens Insurance Group, Harris Teeter, Herndon Elementary SACC Program, Herndon High FBLA, Herndon Turkey Trot, Herndon United Methodist Church, Herndon United Methodist Preschool, Intelice, International Designers Society of America (ISDA), Leidos, Loudoun Toys for Tots, memoryBlue, Mercedes-Benz of Chantilly, Noldus Information Technology, NVE, PCCW, pdvWireless, Polycom, Inc., REHAU, Reston Hospital Employees, Schools - Fairfax County & Loudoun County, Self Storage Plus, Dulles, Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church School, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, St. Veronica's Catholic Church, Sterling Park Christian Church, Sterling United Methodist Church, Sterling United Methodist Preschool, Sterner's Tae Kwon Do, Herndon, Technica Corporation, The Julian at Fair Lakes staff & residents, Town of Herndon,  Trinity Presbyterian Church, Virginia Dental Solutions, Reston & Ashburn, and Wegman's Grocery Store.

 

If you are looking for a place for your end of year giving, LINK would be most grateful to be the recipient of your donation. We spend less than $7,000.00 on operating expenses (insurance, electricity, water, telephone, building maintenance, mailbox & safe deposit rents, etc.). We are an all-volunteer organization and serve as an emergency food pantry throughout the year, delivering food to clients who need our help. We also rescue food from 15 area schools, operate a Mobile Food Pantry on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and provide financial assistance through Fairfax County Coordinated Service and Loudoun Cares for clients with eviction and shutoff notices. To donate, click here.

 

As we near Christmas day, I hope that you know the power of your selfless acts on others. Some of you donated several can goods, a monetary donation, a gently used coat, or a few new toys – it all helped make a difference! LINK values each and every one of you! May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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


 

Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President
President@LINKAgainstHunger.org