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LINK Food Pantry

LINK is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit emergency food bank for the Herndon, Ashburn, and Sterling communities. It supplies food to approximately 50-60 eligible families monthly as well as serving hundreds of families and individuals during its annual Christmas and Thanksgiving food basket program. Over a dozen churches combine efforts to make these services possible.

St. Matt’s in one of several churches and community groups that assist with the Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket program at its facilities the week prior to these two holidays. Numerous volunteers are needed to sort and stack food, serve as interpreters, register families, guide families through the food selection process, load food into cars, pack and deliver food to people that are unable to get to the church, and help clean up. Food donations as well as tax deductible financial donations are always welcomed.

Emergency Food Requests

If you have an emergency food request, please call LINK at 703-437-1776 and leave a message in the mailbox for food assistance. A LINK volunteer will contact you to verify your need and schedule a delivery as appropriate.

How You Can Help

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to sort, pack, and deliver food to families, screen applicants, and coordinate the food bank’s activities.  Opportunities are available for youth including those who want to complete community service hours.  All donations are welcome, but specific needs at the pantry include: jelly, canned meat, rice, Hamburger Helper, spaghetti noodles, cereal, oatmeal, toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, diapers (any size) and cleaning supplies.  You can bring items to church with you on Sundays, or you can drop them off at the church office during the week.

LINK is run entirely by volunteers. Please contact Link if you are interested in helping! Typical volunteer needs include food sorting, packing, food delivery, screening food applicants, and coordination of these activities. There are spots for occasional or routine volunteers, individual or groups.  LINK uses electronic volunteer calendars for many positions to make it easy for you to pick times that are convenient for you. Please click on the SignUp Genius link below for details of the current volunteer needs.

Help Lead at St. Matthew's

If you would like to join the LINK leadership team at St. Matthew's, please email Marcia Rugen.  We'd love to have you!

Help Lead for the Community

If you are interested in volunteering with the larger, community-wide LINK organization, or would like further information, please visit the LINK website, or contact LINK President Lisa Lombardozzi (703-973-4444 | President@linkagainsthunger.org).