fighting to end hunger

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20 Ways of Giving


Coordinate a tried and true fundraiser like a bake sale, rummage sale, car wash, book reading, bowl-a-thon, seasonal activity or concert and donate the proceeds. Find out what people want and provide it for them, like selling lemonade in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.


Refrain from your favorite indulgence, daily specialty coffee, e.g., for a week and donate the amount you saved.


“Brown-bag it” with your co-workers and donate whatever your take-out lunches would have cost.


Host a potluck dinner and charge a small rate to participate and eat.


Consider a corporate match to any fundraising effort coordinated by employees.


Offer a discount on a service you provide (barbers and hair stylists, tax service, snowplowing, oil change, carwash, etc.) for a donation to the Rohde Center.


Award Casual Dress Days to employees participating in your company’s donation drive. Think jeans, Bills or Giants gear or something silly, like Hawaiian shirts.


Collect spare change by placing a container in your cafeteria or front office to collect coins and bills as people go by.


Distribute paper or plastic bags to employees/co-workers on Monday for them to take home, fill and return by Friday.


Collect spare change by placing a container in your cafeteria or front office to collect coins and bills as people go by.


Encourage healthy competition between classrooms, departments, divisions, floors, etc. to raise the most food or funds. Have fun and be creative! Reward the winning team with a nice lunch or the chance to hurl water balloons at their boss.


Hold a raffle or auction. Solicit donations from your employer, local companies and co-workers and donate the proceeds to the Rohde Center.


Donate the cost of your usual holiday cards and send a simple postcard instead, wishing everyone on your list well and letting them know of your donation.


Coordinate a food and/or cash drive in your neighborhood or subdivision.


Collect personal care products for those who live without these basic products.


Collect baby food, formula, diapers and baby care products for those who can't afford them.


Collect gift cards for grocery stores. Make a goal to collect as many cards as possible from every one of your friend/family/work circles. The cards are used to provide special needs items.


Make the Food Pantry a beneficiary in your will.


Turn any special gathering into a food drive by asking guests to bring non-perishable food items.


Donate 10% of the winnings from your weekly card game (Poker, Bunko, Sheepshead, etc.).

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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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The Power of a Dollar
The Rohde Center is 100% reliant on donations and grants. Over 75% of our income comes from private individuals & organizations. Every donation is an important part of The Power of A Dollar. The remaining 25% comes as grants from The Food Bank of CNY. As a member program of the Food Bank of CNY we can purchase up to $9 worth of food for every $1 we spend – sometimes even more. This is a powerful return on investment and the reason 81.3% of our food purchases come from this valuable resource. 10.7% is purchased at local groceries and 8% is donated through food drives and individual food donations.

In 2013 we provided food for over 108,264 meals to low-income families in southern Jefferson County at no cost to recipients. This amounted to 169,995 lbs of food distributed through our emergency food pantry and the fresh food program combined. 33% of those served were children. 11% were elders. 486 households who met eligibility guidelines used the emergency food pantry a total of 9,902 times throughout the year. On a monthly basis, between 25 & 40% of eligible households use our pantry . Many only required temporary help as they transitioned to more stable circumstances.

The Rohde Center is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization and a certified New York State charity. Our organizing and incorporation documents may be found on their website at under our corporate name The South Jefferson Community Action Corporation.

In addition to town governments, local churches and businesses, we partner with the following agencies:

  • United Way
  • The Food Bank of Central New York
  • S.E.F.A.
  • Feeding America & participating local grocery stores

13% of our income came from grants from Stewart’s Foundation, the Bishop’s Fund, Bernier & Carr, HPNAP and many of the 9 towns we served.

We are run by an all-volunteer board of directors and one part-time, paid Food Pantry Manager. In addition, we have one assistant funded entirely through the Pathstone program and two through the Pathways program. Both are state funded programs, which help participants pursue job-skills training.

We are open 4 days a week. This includes Tuesdays until 7 p.m. to allow working families an opportunity to access the pantry on the way home from work. Phone numbers are posted to provide emergency assistance when we are not open.

At least once a month we sponsor a fresh food distribution. This is food gleaned from Wegman’s and other participating grocery chains around central NY. There are no financial guidelines for this program, and everyone is welcomed.

Total Meals by Town 2013
90% of the money collected from the Salvation Army’s local Red Kettle campaign is returned to us in the form of vouchers to be used for non-food necessities in the community from which they were collected.

To receive our services: You must live within the boundaries of the 3 school districts or encompassing towns of southern Jefferson County. You must attest to meeting the financial guidelines set forward by the USDA and monitored by the Food Bank of Central New York. Families may use the pantry once monthly, receiving 5 days of emergency food for each member of the household.

In 2013 everyone in the SNAP program experienced a cut in benefits. This resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of households needing food assistance from The Rohde Center. Together with the increased cost of food, The Rohde Center spent 30.6% more dollars at the Food Bank of Central NY and 45% more dollars at local grocery stores to provide the same level of service to our clients.

Meals by % 2013
We are fortunate to live in a community where neighbors help one another. Donors can be confident that all donations remain local; assisting neighbors in need. HPNAP
(Hunger Prevention & Nutrition Assistance Program) requires that we provide food at least once to anyone requesting it. If the family is not local, we will then refer them to a pantry in their own area for services. As a rural area with no public transportation, there are many eligible families we have not yet reached. We are seeking ways to better serve this group of people in the future. Your assistance can increase The Power of A Dollar.
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What's new at The Rohde Center?
We are always trying to improve our service to better meet the needs of our community. Transportation is a pressing issue with our clients, and many households do not have computer access, so The Rohde Center has purchased a computer and printer for clients to access information and apply for services on-line by through