The purpose of L.I.N.K., the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, is to provide a pleasant, safe place for the hungry or lonely to share a free, nutritious meal and the companionship of one another. We believe loneliness can be as painful as hunger, companionship as powerful as love. Anyone who desires a meal is served, no questions asked. Diners are treated as our invited guests. We do not provide counseling, but rather refer individuals to appropriate agencies when they ask for help. Our focus is on food and fellowship.

Operation:  L.I.N.K. is a total community effort involving religious, civic and social groups, businesses, and individuals. Groups adopt a day to prepare and serve a casserole meal. Members of the group cook the casseroles in their homes and bring them to the L.I.N.K.kitchen. Meals are served on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Smaller groups often create partnerships with other small groups to provide and serve a meal. A part-time coordinator is employed by L.I.N.K. to facilitate the actual operation of the program and to provide continuity for the volunteers. The Board of Directors meets once a month in the L.I.N.K. dining room and creates L.I.N.K.'s policies. Each participating group is entitled to a voting representative on the Board and the chairman may appoint additional board members at large.

Why L.I.N.K. works:  L.I.N.K. provides a unique opportunity for diverse groups and individuals to come together and work for a common concern. Volunteers often say they receive more from their experiences with L.I.N.K. than they give. Local merchants and businesses have and continue to make significant contributions of goods and services.