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.



“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill



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President's Message

With the changing colors of the leaves to the coolness in the air, LINK begins to prepare for our upcoming Holiday Programs. We have approximately 700 families (3350+ individuals) registered for our Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. We will need hundreds of volunteers to help us sort food, escort clients, and restock items. We will also need groups, schools and businesses to coordinate Food, Gently Used Coat, and New Toy drives. No business or group is too small! If your group/business/school would like to coordinate a drive to benefit LINK, please contact us at president@linkagainsthunger.org.


Volunteers Needed –

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

Volunteer List to Pick up Large Food Donations – from time to time, LINK will receive large food donations from businesses or schools and we need volunteers to help. If you would like to be on an email list of potential volunteers, please send an email to President@linkagainsthunger.org.


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


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 289,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 6400 families. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.


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

  • Volunteers – Lots of volunteers repackaged rice and beans, attaching bilingual instructions; and Ed, a longtime volunteer for LINK who is 86 years young, picks up donations from Sterling Safeway each week.
  • Schools Herndon Middle School Garden Group donated freshly dug sweet potatoes and other vegetables they planted to LINK – they hope to be just as successful with a winter garden with lettuces; Dominion and Freedom High Schools Special Needs Students have been organizing our long-term storage in the basement of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church; Lowes Island Elementary School held a Halloween BINGO night and collected food for LINK.
  • Churches – St. Veronica Catholic Church VBS collected food for LINK;  Church of the Common Table helped repackage flour and rice; The Church of Latter Day Saints Chantilly Ward delivered one truck full of toiletries, paper products, jelly, soup and canned fruit; and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling high school youth donated food that they collected.
  • Youth & Scouts – Girl Scout Troop 2880 collected pantry food, compiled a cookbook and listed tips for saving at grocery stores for LINK clients; Danny, an Eagle Scout candidate, conducted a successful food drive for LINK; and Charles, an Eagle Scout candidate and member of Troop 913, St. Joseph Catholic Church helped to do heavy weeding around the Pantry grounds, painting, and helping repair our ramp.
  • Businesses – Colvin Run Mill donated ground corn meal to LINK; Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation conducted a monetary food drive for LINK in celebration of an expansion; Mark & Stacy Johnson of Old Orchard Farm and Community Lutheran Churchdonated 400 pounds of pork to LINK; MOM’s Organic Market donated food to LINK; Town of Herndon conducted a food drive during its Customer Service Week; DLT, a local business in Herndon, donated 25+ bags of food to the pantry; and Juke Box Diner, located in Sterling, collected boxes and boxes of food for LINK.

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


Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President