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.

 

 

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35 (NIV)

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President's Message

One in six people struggle to put food on the table in America. In Fairfax County, ranked 2nd nationally for highest median household income, 7.1 percent of residents (76,000 out of 1,064,735 individuals) are food insecure. 6 percent of Loudoun County residents are food insecure. Hunger is real and it exists in our communities. LINK appreciates each and every donation it receives to help keep our pantry shelves full. With your help, we are able to provide food to the growing number of families requesting assistance. Thank you to –

 

Love Your Neighbor – Feed Your Neighbor (LYNFYN) which is a Loudoun County multi-faith food drive program held annually to benefit food pantries in Loudoun County donated more than 10,000 pounds of food to LINK. Other Loudoun County pantries received food, as well. It was an amazing Spirit-filled day!  Volunteers from various Latter-day Saints Wards donated food and helped unload food, LINK member churches Community Lutheran, Immanuel Mar Thoma and St. Matthews Episcopal Church donated food. We appreciated Boy Scout Troop 956 helping sort the food.

 

Individuals & Groups –Girl Scout Troop 788 (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) donated Girl Scout cookies to LINK; Smeds family had a birthday party and chose to ask for food donations for LINK in lieu of gifts and were able to fill up an entire car trunk; Daisy Girl Scout Troop chose to take some of their cookie money profit and purchase needed food for LINK; Cub Scout Den (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) volunteered as a group and helped volunteer in the pantry; Girl Scout Troop 905 donated Girl Scout cookies to LINK and helped clean the inside and outside of the pantry; and Bailey, a youth chose to ask for food items for LINK in lieu of gifts.

 

Churches – Sterling United Methodist Church held a Potato Drop and donated more than 4500 pounds of potatoes to LINK; and Cold Springs Bible Study, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and St. Theresa Catholic Church as well as several member churches donated food to LINK.

 

Schools – Crossfield Elementary SCA held a food drive for LINK and collected over 400 pounds of food for LINK; and Freedom High School has joined Dominion High School in sending its special needs students to LINK to help sort and organize food.

 

Businesses – Crops Plus held their annual scrapbooking event in Sterling and asked participants to bring in non-perishable food for LINK – the bounty filled a large SUV; Herndon Post Office employees conducted a community food drive, along with all the other post offices to help their communities – netting 4000+ pounds of food; Airbus women employees collected gently used purses and then filled them with items such as feminine products, tissues, chap stick and more for women Domestic Abuse victims at Artemis House; and Sterling Golf Club, Costco, and Thrivent Financial donated food to LINK.

 

LINK Delivery Help Needed for June – We are looking for volunteers to help deliver food to our LINK families Tuesday – Saturday during the month of June. Week day deliveries can be made between 4 pm – 8 pm and Saturday deliveries can be made between 1 pm – 4 pm. We hope to have two families per day so that each family will make 2-3 deliveries. To sign up, go to - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-20165.

 

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 301,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 6700 families. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.

 

School Food Rescue – The program is currently rescuing food from eleven schools (five in Fairfax County and six in Loudoun County) with an estimate of 21,000 pounds of food rescued from trash cans in 2015. We need volunteers to help out. To sign up to help, click here.

 

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
President@LINKAgainstHunger.org