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

A New Year – A New Opportunity to be Thankful for God’s Blessings


"I will think about the shining-greatness of Your power and about Your great works. (Psalm 145:5 NLV)


As 2014 comes to a close and we prepare to welcome a new year, I can’t help but feel humbled by the many, many volunteers who have worked tirelessly and selflessly so that thousands of families could receive some assistance through LINK. While we are still tabulating the end of year numbers for LINK, we anticipate that more than 4500 families will have received food through LINK. More than $33,000 in Financial Assistance for rent and utilities will have been distributed. And more than $40,000 in grocery gift cards was included in deliveries to families and the Holiday Program. C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  I would like to encourage each of you to dream a new dream and include continuing to volunteer with organizations like LINK. As an all-volunteer organization, LINK needs hundreds of volunteers each year to collect food, pack food, deliver food, help at our Mobile Food Pantry and Holiday Programs, and to keep our pantry running smoothly. LINK has volunteers of all ages and we enjoy knowing that entire families can sign up to help.


At our recent Christmas Holiday Program held on Dec. 13th, LINK provided food for 3 – 5 days for 758 families (3600+ individuals), $22,310 in grocery gift cards, 150 gently used coats, and 4000+ new toys were given to children newborn through 16 years of age. We were able to distribute more than 40,000 pounds of food that schools, businesses, churches, individuals and groups collected.


10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank R. Wolf was a tremendous supporter of helping secure food for those in need in our communities. LINK will be eternally grateful for his hard work during his 33 years in service. Helping LINK and other food pantries throughout the region secure food that would be thrown away in area schools through strengthening legislation has helped thousands of people receive nutritious items like milk, yogurt, etc. from area schools. We wish Representative Wolf success in his next venture.

 

Deliver Food to LINK Clients in January – We need volunteers to help LINK deliver food in January. Deliveries are made any time after 4 pm on weekdays and between 1 pm – 4 pm on Saturdays. To sign up, click here.


Area School Food Rescues – LINK has been picking up food that would normally be thrown away in local Fairfax schools for the past 2 years. We began picking up food in a few Loudoun schools in Fall 2014. We are pleased to begin picking up food in more schools - Cedar Lane Elementary (Ashburn) will start collecting the first week of January and pickups will be Friday afternoons between 1:45pm-2:15pm. We also need volunteers to help at Hutchison Elementary (Herndon) on Tuesday afternoons and Newton Lee (Ashburn) on Friday afternoons. We'll be adding Horizon Elementary (Sterling) soon after the holidays as well. To sign up to help, go to our LINK online site.


During November and December, we would like to thank the following individuals/groups/businesses that helped LINK –

  • Classical Ballet Theatre held a food drive in conjunction with its Nutcracker performances, over Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Area Churches - Sterling United Methodist donated more than 4500 pounds of potatoes to LINK in its annual Potato Drop; CCD class at Christ the Redeemer donated food to LINK; many Catholic Parish Young Adult groups collected money for LINK - Fiat (Sterling), Holy Spirit (Annandale), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Vienna), St. James (Falls Church), St. John the Beloved (McLean), St. Mark (Vienna), St. Philip (Falls Church) and St. Veronica (Chantilly); Sterling UMC Preschool donated toys to LINK; Church of the Epiphany Anglican (Herndon) donated toys to LINK; St Veronica 's Knights of Columbus donated used coats; Women's Group of Immanuel Mar Thoma Church (Sterling) donated funds to LINK to help with the Holiday Program.
  • Businesses – COSTCO NE Region donated turkeys and more than 980 toys to LINK; Polycom donated coats, food, new toys and monetary donations to LINK; AirBus donated coats, food and toys for LINK; TASC and Sterling Lions Club donated gently used coats to LINK; Sterling Appliance helped find a used refrigerator for LINK when Horizon Elementary began rescuing food in Loudoun County; Passion 4 Earth, Inc. donated Biodegradable Plates to the LINK Holiday Program; other businesses collecting food, coats and toys for LINK - Pacific DataVision, Metron, Reston Hospital, Palmercare Chiropractic; Monroe Place Apartments, Monkey Joe’s (Dulles), Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc., MGP Retail Consulting, LLC, Southland Industries, iDirect Technologies (Herndon) donated monetary funds to LINK, Herndon Children's Center collected food and toys, a group of Local Mental Health Professionals donated monetary funds to LINK at a recent Holiday lunch, GAM Printing, Allegra Printing and HBP donated cardboard boxes to LINK.
  • Fraternities - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity sent numerous members to two churches to help with the December Holiday Program; Sigma Mu Mu chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity helped at Christ the Redeemer for the November Holiday Program.
  • Scouts – Girl Scout Troop 1255 and 1105 solicited area businesses and hotels for items to stuff bags for our singles and seniors in the LINK Holiday Program – more than 80 bags were filled with toiletries, free food at Chick-fil-A and Firehouse Subs and more; Girl Scout Troops 5774 and 1981 from Potomac Falls, VA collected food for LINK; Cub Scouts from St. Joseph Den 7 helped sort and shelve food; Boy Scout Troop 157 offered free Christmas Trees to clients; Girl Scout Troop 4759 (Ashburn) collected food for LINK;
  • Schools – Herndon HS Spanish Honor Society collected children’s books and distributed them during our November and December Holiday Program; Fairfax and Loudoun county schools collected food and new toys for LINK to distribute; Potomac Falls, Dominion High and Park View donated leftover food to LINK when schools closed for the winter break; Stone Bridge High School's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter (FBLA) hosted the thirteenth annual Warm-a-Life coat drive to benefit LIN K.
  • Youth -St Joseph Confirmation candidate, Charlie, and his mom helped move food for LINK; several local college youth who needed service hours over the break helped LINK in the pantry.
  • Herndon Town Council donated food collected at a meeting in November to LINK.

LINK’s Top Needs - canned fruit, pasta sauce, tomato products, canned meat, potatoes, hearty soup, hamburger helper, canned pasta, and jelly.

 

Mobile Food Pantry – We continue to hand out food donated by the Capital Area Food Bank and LINK to families on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm – 4 pm in the rear parking lot of Christ the Redeemer Church. Since we started, we have handed out more than 185,000 pounds of food to more than 5100 families. The next Mobile Food Pantry date is Tuesday, January 13th.

 

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


 

Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President
President@LINKAgainstHunger.org