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.



“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy



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President's Message

The Golden Rule is to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Luke 6:31). So, for LINK and our many volunteers, we feel strongly about giving back to others when they need help. It makes us feel that if we need help, that others will do the same for us. Watching over 700 families receive food on Saturday, November 21st, reinforced the knowledge that giving back is the right thing to do. Hundreds of volunteers gave hours to make sure that our Holiday Program was a success. Boy Scouts, Schools, businesses, and individuals collected more than 50,000 pounds of food and thousands of coats & 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. 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 –
  • Schools Fairfax and Loudoun County public schools conducted food and coat drives for LINK; and Nysmith School conducted a food drive.
  • Churches – Ashburn Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated a pallet of food to LINK through its Humanitarian Aid Program; Park Valley Church in Ashburn donated coats; Member LINK Churches who conducted food drives; and Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon and Sterling United Methodist Church in Sterling who went above and beyond with the Thanksgiving Holiday Program -  thank you for all of the extra hours you gave, the office staff who fielded phone calls and our amazing Church Liaisons!!
  • Individuals – a friend in Loudoun County conducted a GoFundMe campaign to purchase Turkey dinners for families in our area. They were able to collect more than 30 dinners and several hundred dollars of canned goods for LINK. We were able to share the food with our clients and Cascade Village.
  • 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 Girl Scout Troop 3431 collected over 180 lbs of food at their elementary school, 6 bags of coats and winter accessories, and volunteered with LINK.
  • Businesses & Organizations – CalAmp donated food to LINK; Town of Herndon did a Food Drive during its Customer Appreciation Week; Sterling Lions / O’Malley’s Pub conducted a Winter Coat Drive for LINK; Perfect Sense, an IT firm in Reston began donating leftover food from their company lunches to LINK and we are able to give this food to our clients and we have shared it with Embry Rucker Shelter and the Herndon Neighborhood Center; Turkey Train program at Lake Fairfax donated food in November; Costco donated turkeys to LINK; Harris Teeter donated more than 5000 paper bags; DocuSign sent several employees to volunteer at LINK on their employee-wide day of volunteering; The Gladstone Companies donated coats and food to LINK for the November Holiday Program; Parsons Brinckerhoff donated food; Knights of Columbus Council (St. Veronica Council) donated new and used coats; Dept. of Defense National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) did a coat/food drive; IDirect donated money to LINK; Keller Williams-Ben Heisler donated coats; Polycom donated funds, coats, and food to LINK; Airbus donated food and coats; Naylor Event Solutions in McLean donated coats; Pay it Forward Project for donating 10 new kids coats to LINK; Neosystems donated food; Davita - Reston Dialysis Center donated food; and many others that we will recognize next month.

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


Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President