Hunger hurts. It denies dignity, lessens human energy

    and impairs the potential of people to succeed.

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      2 East Church Street
      Adams, New York 13605


      (315) 232-2621


      By Credit, Debit or PayPal:


      The next Rohde Center Board Meeting - July 10th @ 6:00 PM • Next Food $en$e Food Co-Op order deadline - July 12th • Rockin' For The Rohde & The Cheese Festival "Rohde-O” - July 13th - 10 AM - 2 PM • Next Fresh Foods Distribution - July 26th @ 3:00 PM

      We Operate Three Food Programs:

      Emergency Food Pantry

      This program provides food to be prepared at home without discrimination to eligible clients. Each month we provide five days of emergency food for every member of the household over the age of two.

      Qualifications to participate in this program:
      1. Live in our catchment area, which includes three school districts:
      - Belleville-Henderson
      - Sackets Harbor
      - South Jefferson
      2. Meet income guidelines or qualify for SNAP (food stamps) or HEAP.
      3. Provide the names and dates-of-birth for each individual living in your household.

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      Fresh Foods Program

      Fresh Foods is a collaborative food program with the Rohde Center, the Food Bank of Central New York and participating central New York grocery stores. 

      TheFood Bank of Central New York delivers fresh produce, dairy, and bread donated by area grocery stores on a daily basis to community organizations for immediate distribution to neighborhood residents.

      The Fresh Foods  program salvages food that would otherwise be discarded at grocery retailers and offers food insecure individuals the opportunity to receive fresh, nutritious food in their neighborhood.

      Fresh Foods distributions generally occur once a month at approximately 20 local partner agency sites across our eleven county service area.

      There are no qualifications to participate in our Fresh Foods program. Distributions are open to all individuals in need of food. All food must be given away in a fair and non-discriminatory way. There is no fee or requirement to work in exchange for receiving food.

      Fresh Foods distribution is held at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church at 17 Grove Street beginning at 3:00 PM. You may register as early as 2:00 PM. NOTE: September distribution is on a Tuesday.

      2019 Fresh Foods Distribution Schedule

      Friday, June 28th @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, July 26th @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, August 23rd @ 3:00 PM
      Tuesday, September 17th @ 3:00 PM - Tuesday
      Friday, October 25th @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, November 22nd @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, December 27th @ 3:00 PM

      Adams Food $en$e

      Join other Food $ense Co-Op members and receive your ADAMS FOOD $EN$E Member Loyalty Rewards Card . Once you've purchased 9 basic Food $EN$E units you will receive the 10th basic unit FREE!

      • Register, and pay in advance for your unit at the Rohde Center with cash, check or EFT. You may also order and pay on-line by clicking here: On distribution day you can pick up your order at the Rohde Center between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

      • More than one unit can be purchased each month and multiple specials are available. Customers find the food is worth approximately $35-40! There are no restrictions to order; if you eat, you qualify.

      • Bring your receipt when you pick up your order on distribution day and Bob's your Uncle; you will now be able to order the next month's unit and specials. If you are unable to pick up your order, give the receipt to a friend or relative to pick up for you.

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      Friday, October 11, 2019
      Friday, November 8, 2019
      Friday, December 6, 2019


      Thursday, July 25, 2019
      Thursday, August 22, 2019
      Thursday, September 26, 2019
      Thursday, October 24, 2019
      Thursday, November 21, 2019
      Thursday, December 19, 2019


      Donating money is the most direct method of supporting the Rohde Center. The Power Of A Dollar ensures that your donation makes a big impact - every $1 you donate can purchase over $10.50 worth of food for families struggling with hunger. As southern Jefferson County’s major hunger-relief charity, our food pantry donors helped supply food for over 109,000 meals in 2017, and 2018 has been even more challenging for families and children.

      You may donate by check, money order, your Paypal account or credit cards through PayPal.

      Donate Money

      By Mail or in person:

      The Rohde Center
      2 East Church Street
      Adams, New York 13605

      315 232-2621

      By Credit, Debit or PayPal:

      Donate Food

      The following items are usually the most needed:

      • Canned or dried fruit
      • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, ham)
      • Unsweetened cereal and oatmeal
      • Pasta, rice and grains

      • Peanut butter
      • Dried beans and legumes
      • Canned beans and legumes
      • 100% juice fruit juices

      Donate Essential Non-food Items

      • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
      • Toilet tissue
      • Pine cleaner

      • Laundry detergent
      • Dish washing liquid

      Donate Infant and Toddler Items

      • Baby formula
      • Baby food
      • Baby wipes

      • Diapers in all sizes
      • Diaper rash cream

      Donate Time - Be A Volunteer

      The Rohde Center always welcomes new volunteers to the Food Pantry, Fresh Foods, Food $en$e Food Co-op and other services we provide. Volunteers can work on a regular or intermittent basis depending on their schedules.

      We need anyone with a smile on their face looking to make a difference. No prior experience is necessary; basic training will be provided. The only thing we ask is for a friendly demeanor and a helpful attitude.

      Contact us for more information or fill out the attached form and email or bring it to the Rohde Center.


      2017 Rohde Center Annual Report

      Food Purchases and Expenses:

      • $82,538 in total pantry expense
      • 89.5% of food was purchased from the Food Bank of CNY where our return on investment is more than $10.50 for every dollar spent
      • 4.8% of food was purchased locally including 1,325 milk cards and 300 egg cards from Stewart’s, and 2,137 lbs. of fresh, local produce from local farmers
      • 5.7% was donated by individuals and community food drives
      • Administrative expenses were 2.4%
      • Over 4,150 Volunteer hours were donated by friends and neighbors at the Rohde Center Food Pantry, Fresh Foods Distribution, Food Sense Food Co-op and all-volunteer board of directors

      Meals: (USDA definition of a meal is that it must contain 4 of the 5 food groups)

      • Over 219,357 lbs. of food were distributed through The Rohde Center Emergency Food Pantry including 9 meals per person (over 40 lbs. of food per person) given, free-of-charge, through our Fresh Foods Distribution Program every month to participating households
      • 111,958 balanced meals were distributed through the Rohde Center Food Pantry and Fresh Foods Program, including 203 Christmas meals and 329 meals for school children through our Summer Lunch Bag program
      • 5,872 personal care necessities were distributed. Items such as laundry detergent, pine cleaner, dish liquid, shampoo, disposable diapers, denture adhesive and cleaner, toothpaste and toilet paper were provided to households as needed

      The Rohde Center Food Pantry has been providing emergency food to residents of southern Jefferson County since 1977. We are 100% reliant on grants and donations of time, money and product. Over 75% of our income comes from private individuals & organizations. The remaining 25% comes as grants from The Food Bank of CNY.  Every donation is an important part of The Power of A Dollar. As a member program of the Food Bank of CNY we can purchase over $10.50 worth of food for every $1 donated; sometimes even more. This is a powerful return on investment and the reason 89.5% of our food purchases come from this valuable resource. 4.8% of our food is purchased at local groceries and 5.7% is donated through food drives and individual food donations.

      We are run by an all-volunteer board of directors and one part-time, paid Food Pantry Manager and a dedicated group of volunteers. 

      We are open 4 days a week, including Tuesdays until 7 PM, to allow working families an opportunity to access the pantry on the way home from work. Phone numbers are posted for emergency assistance when we are not open.


      Donating money is the most direct method of supporting the Rohde Center. When you donate to the Rohde Center, your gift makes a big impact - every dollar you donate can provide over $10.50 worth of food to families struggling with hunger. As southern Jefferson County’s major hunger-relief charity, our food pantry donors helped supply food for over 111,900 meals in 2017 and 2018 looks to be even more challenging for families, children and seniors.

      Some suggested areas of support:

      • Direct support by cash or check, or credit/debit on-line through PayPal at
      • Legacy donations through estates and wills
      • Sponsorship or support of a fund-raising event such as “Race for The Rohde,” a 5k and 10k race and 5k Family Fun Walk/Run on April 28th to raise funds to support The Rohde Center throughout the year
      • Our annual The Power of a Dollar fundraising event held in November and December at Kinney’s in Adams

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      Hunger hurts. It denies dignity, lessens human energy and impairs the potential of people to succeed. The Rohde Center advocates for increasing the awareness of hunger in the community and promotes collaborative action to provide food to those in need.

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