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.
 

 

President's Message

February - A Month of Love

 

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”  John 13:34-35 (The Message)

 

Valentine’s Day – a day of sharing love.  God’s love for us is agape love (selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love). He loves us even when we're not loveable! By sharing your love, you are giving something of value to someone else. That can be something as simple as time. LINK depends on hundreds of volunteers to share their valuable time with others to provide food to the families in our community.

Thank you to the following individuals/groups/businesses who helped LINK –

  • Dominion High School Special Needs Class – they help out 3 to 4 times each month by sorting food, stuffing envelopes and much more.
  • Holiday 2013 Help – we had several groups help during the holidays – GSCNC Troop 623 put together treat bags for clients; Classical Ballet Theatre collected food during their Nutcracker performances; Griffin Owens Insurance employees delivered food to clients the entire month of December; Reston Lions Club donated cases of fruit; Lansdowne Resort donated hundreds of pounds of food that was leftover from a large event; Monroe Place Apartments collected food for LINK; Ralph Lauren Store collected food during November & December; Remington at Dulles Town Center Apartments collected food; and The Sturrock Family collected food from people who drove past their Christmas display in the Sterling Park area, off South Garfield Road.
  • Schools – Potomac Falls High School did a Jammin’ January Food Drive for LINK during the month and collected jelly and jam; Algonkian Elementary School collected food during their XIII Souperbowl for LINK; Our Lady of Hope Catholic School did a food drive; St. Joseph Catholic School collected food; and St. Theresa Catholic School coordinated a food drive.
  • Scouts & Youth – Keenan P. an Eagle Scout candidate from St. Timothy’s coordinated a food drive with his fellow scouts in BSA Troop 51 that resulted in more than 2400 pounds of food; Mike (Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Boy Scout troop organized at Galilee United Methodist Church), Alexander (Boy Scout from St. Veronica’s), Brittany (student at Stone Bridge HS in Ashburn), and their parents helped sort and shelf non-perishable food as well as sort Trader Joe's perishable food.  Mike took the excess bread and bananas to Christ the Redeemer for distribution there as he has done for the past several weeks.  Tina and her son Dean handled the Trader Joe's food on Sunday, as they do every week.
  • Loudoun Cares,  a non-profit organization who initiated and maintain the local Information & Referral Helpline, Claude Moore Community Builders youth volunteerism initiative and nonprofit board development training, is conducting a matching fund drive. Their goal is to raise $100,000 by Feb. 26th. LINK refers clients who live in Loudoun County and need financial assistance for rent or utilities to Loudoun Cares. For more information, click here.

Want to get involved? LINK has several ways you can help –

 

Mobile Food Pantry – in 2013, LINK distributed more than 78,000 pounds of food to more than 10,000 individuals through the Mobile Food Pantry. The food is provided by the Capital Area Food Bank. 62% of the food went to Loudoun County residents and 38% was distributed to Fairfax County residents. To sign up to help with the March Mobile Food Pantry, click here.

 

Top Food Needs – Yes, we have holes (large ones in some cases) on our pantry shelves. Here is a list of our top food needs – Dried soups (like ramen noodles), Canned Chicken, Boxed Meal Helpers (like Hamburger Helper), Canned Fruit, Tomato Sauce,, Chili, Dessert Mixes, Cleaning products, Laundry detergent, Feminine products, and Toiletries.

 

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


 

Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President
President@LINKAgainstHunger.org