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.

 

 

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

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President's Message

Wonderful deeds were being witnessed throughout the LINK Thanksgiving holiday program. We witnessed wonderful deeds all over, from the Boy Scouts bring in heavy bags of food collected through their Scouting for Food event, receiving calls and emails from businesses and schools asking for a pickup of food and/or coats from their drives to benefit LINK, and witnessing hundreds of volunteers sorting food and clothing, escorting clients, and picking up food and coats from all over the area. More than 735 families (3900+ individuals) receive food on Saturday, November 19th. We were able to collect 50,000+ pounds of food, 2300+ new and gently used coats, 1650 hats, gloves, and scarves, and 1600+ winter clothing items. I wish I could find a way to say how incredibly appreciative we are for the support we received and the way the volunteers were able to give back to these 700+ families. It was an AMAZING thing to watch unfold. It really speaks the true meaning of Thanksgiving which is about focusing on relationships. Thanksgiving is a relationship between God and man and we celebrate this relationship and Thanksgiving with all of you this season.

 

We also are mourning the loss of one of our long-time volunteers and Board member, Jim Butts. Jim has been involved with LINK for more than forty years. LINK is truly fortunate to have had a volunteer like Jim who quietly worked to make sure our neighbors in need were served year after year.


Volunteers Needed for our Christmas Program -  

  • To sign up to volunteer for Christmas dates (Dec. 14 – 19), go to:
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-201611
  • We will need additional food drives to replace the food handed out during our Thanksgiving Program. If you would be interested in hosting a food drive to benefit LINK, please contact us at president@linkagainsthunger.org.
  • We have about 1900 children ages newborn – 16 years of age registered to receive new toys for Christmas. We need to collect about 4000 new toys to give each child 2 toys.  If you would be interested in hosting a new toy drive to benefit LINK, please contact us at president@linkagainsthunger.org.

Other Volunteer Opportunities –

  • 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 348,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 6400 families. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.
  • School Food Rescue – we rescue food from area schools in Fairfax and Loudoun County. Volunteers are needed to transport the food from the school to the pantry or other locations. To sign up to help, click here.
  • Simple Gesture Food Donation – we need about 8 volunteers to help unload donations from A Simple Gesture at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9 am – 11 am. 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.

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

  • Schools Algonkian Elementary collected 155 pieces of food during their Monster Mash Event.
  • Churches - American Heritage Girls Troop VA1975 from Our Lady of Hope helped with sorting food and the religion classes at Christ the Redeemer Church sorted food.
  • Individuals Meaghan, a high school student that lives in the Ashburn, VA area conducted a GoFundMe drive to purchase meat for LINK; Penny, her daughter and a friend helped break down large bags of flour into smaller family sizes during Halloween; 2nd Annual Share Your Blessings and Jen Calohan have raised more than $2000 to purchase food for LINK from their GoFundMe drive; and the Bane Family who donated venison.
  • Youth & Scouts – Goose Creek District Boy Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Herndon/North Reston area donated about 40,000 pounds of food to LINK through its Scouting for Food program and the Wolf Den from Cub Scout Pack 2970 and Girl Scout Troop 6069 and helped sort food.
  • Businesses & Organizations – Costco donated shoes and turkeys to LINK; Jukebox Diner in Sterling held a food drive and collected 500 pounds of food; Harris Teeter donated 11 bundles of paper bags for our Holiday Programs; Raging Wire Data Centers collected food for LINK during their Thanksgiving Luncheon; CyberData Technologies in Herndon donated about 50 hams, 45 turkeys and 60 pies;  CalAmp collected 1000+ pounds of food for LINK; Herndon High Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) collected 90 heavy bags of food; Airbus Company who collected coats, winter clothing and food; Polycom donated their November snack fund and held a food drive; Southland Industries donated food; Town of Herndon Turkey Trot collected food for LINK; Monkey Joe’s in Sterling donated food; Leidos donated food and winter items; Burn Boot Camp in Ashburn donated 273 cans of food; and Herndon NJROTC held a neighborhood food drive to benefit LINK.


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


 

Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President
President@LINKAgainstHunger.org