• L.I.N.K. is @ the First Christian Church 221 W. 10th – Lawrence, Kansas
    Lunch is @ 1 p.m., Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun.

We Serve Lunch to Hungry People

Serving food at a long table
L.I.N.K., with our volunteer teams, including over 50 religious organizations, businesses and civic groups, serves an average of 280 meals per week in our community . Thank You!


Home cooking heals. Our human legacy is tied to food.  It’s that basic. We know its power for sustaining and nourishing our bodies. But we also know that sharing food heals loneliness, human differences, and monetary divides.

The purpose of LINK is to share home-cooked, nutritious meals with kindness in a safe and welcoming environment with families, the homeless, hungry, lonely, physically or mentally disabled, and the poor.

“If somebody is hungry they can get a hot meal, and also if somebody is lonely, they can get companionship.”

~Ethel Williamson, L.I.N.K. founder

“We want to link different segments of our community together.”

~Fr. Michael Hermes, L.I.N.K. founder

L.I.N.K. was Born in 1985

LINK's founders 1985
Ethel Williamson, Father Michael Hermes, Betty & Ed Dutton

The Lawrence Interdenominational Kitchen opened in Lawrence, Kansas in the basement of St. John’s Catholic Church on February 14, 1985, serving 6 people.

LINK was the brainchild of Ethel Williamson, a retired social worker from New York City and Father Michael Hermes, a volunteer with the archdiocese of Kansas City.

After a 1984 study on hunger in Douglas County by the League of Women Voters and the Council on Community Services and encouragement from the Emergency Services Council, Williamson and Hermes were told to “Go for it.”
“If somebody is hungry they can get a hot meal, and also if somebody is lonely, they can get companionship,” said Williamson. “Churches and organizations will adopt a day and they’ll supply workers and the food,” said Hermes. “We want to link different segments or our community together,” added Hermes.

According to Betty Dutton, “The idea was to just to bring everybody together and just share-no questions asked. There may be people who come to the new soup kitchen who have food in their refrigerators but just want company.”
Today,  volunteers serves lunch four times a week, serving an average of 500 meals per week.


Be a #LINKHERO and volunteer. We need you and our community needs us all.

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