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      2 East Church Street
      Adams, New York 13605


      (315) 232-2621


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      • NEXT FRESH FOODS DISTRIBUTION IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2023 . Registration begins at 1:00 PM. See the Fresh Foods' schedule below for 2023 • Order Food $en$e at, or see the Food $en$e section below for upcoming dates. • The next Rohde Center Board Meeting (In person) is scheduled for June 14, 2023 at 6:00PM

      We Operate Three Food Programs:

      Emergency Food Pantry • Fresh Foods Distribution • Food $en$e Food Co-op

      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) WIC, Medicaid, TANF, or SSI
      3. Provide the names of individuals living in your household.

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      Fresh Foods distribution is scheduled for May 26, 2023, with registration beginning at 1:00 PM in the parking lot of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 17 Grove St. Adams. Distribution will begin at approximately 2:00 PM.  Please do not block the driveways on Grove Street. Please remain in your vehicle, register, and follow the signs. You may register as early as 1:00 PM. 






      Fresh Foods is a collaborative food program of the Rohde Center, the Food Bank of Central New YorkNourish New York, and participating central and northern New York grocery stores, and local farmers. The Food Bank of Central New York delivers fresh produce, dairy, and bread donated by area grocery stores and farmers to community organizations for distribution to area residents.

      The Fresh Foods  program offers food insecure individuals the opportunity to receive fresh, nutritious food in their neighborhood. We receive food from the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), Nourish New York, and salvaged food from local grocery stores that would otherwise be discarded.

      Fresh Foods distributions occur once a month on the 4th Friday. See the schedule below for dates and times.

      The Fresh Foods program distributions are open to all individuals in need of food; however individuals MUST MEET CERTAIN ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES. 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.

      Friday, June 23rd

           Jul-Dec - TBD       

      Adams Food $en$e

      A monthly food Co-Op for everyone. If you eat, you qualify!

      Food $en$e is a monthly food buying co-op for anyone who wants to stretch their grocery dollars. The program provides a monthly selection of 12-15 staple grocery items at a discounted price, and there are no qualifications, no subscriptions, and no requirements to participate; if you eat, you qualify!

      To order a Food $en$e package, or any one of our monthly specials, go to, select your basic unit and choose the monthly specials you wish to add. On-line, you may use PayPal, and Credit or Debit Cards. At the Rohde Center, you may use EBT or cash by calling 315 232-2621. Each basic unit costs $20.50, and there are no limits to the number of units and specials you may buy.

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      Friday, June 9, 2023
      Friday, July 14, 2023
      Friday, August 11, 2023
      Friday, September 15, 2023
      Friday, October 13, 2023
      Friday, November 6, 2023
      Friday, December 1, 2023


      Thursday, June 22nd
      Thursday, July 27th
      Thursday, August 24th
      Thursday, September 28th
      Thursday, October 26th
      Thursday, November 16th
      Thursday, December 14th


      Donating money is the most direct method of supporting the Rohde Center, especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Power Of A Dollar ensures that your donation makes a big impact. For every $1 you donate we can purchase over $10.50 worth of food through the Food Bank of Central New York. As southern Jefferson County’s major hunger-relief charity, our food pantry donors helped supply food for over 97,134 meals in 2020, and 2021 has been even more challenging for families and children.

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

      Donate Money

      • By Mail:

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

      315 232-2621

      By Credit, Debit or PayPal:

      Donate Food

      We are, once again, accepting food donations at the Rohde Center. We are grateful for all donations; however, please ensure the food has not passed its "Sell by," or "Best if used by" date, as we are not allowed to distribute items after those dates. Thank you for all you do to help feed our neighbors in southern Jefferson County.

      And Justice for All

           In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) 

           Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.


      2021 - 2022 Rohde Center Annual Report

      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 56% of our income comes from private individuals and organizations, with the remaining 44% as grants through the Food Bank of Central New York, and others.

      Every donation is an important part of The Power of A Dollar, because, as a member program of the Food Bank of CNY, we are able to purchase over $10.50 worth of food for every $1 donated; sometimes even more.

      Food Purchases and Expenses:
      • $102,288 in total pantry operating expense
      • Administrative expenses were 2.7%
      • Over 2,752 Volunteer hours were donated by friends and neighbors at the Rohde Center Food Pantry, Fresh Foods Distribution, and FOOD $EN$E food co-op

      Meals: (USDA definition of a meal is that it must contain 4 of the 5 food groups)
      • Over 199,851 lbs. of food distributed in 2020/21
      • 96,891 balanced meals were distributed through the Rohde Center Food Pantry and
      Fresh Foods Program, including 111 Christmas Meals and 825 meals for school children
      through our Summer Lunch Bag Program

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

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


      Challenges, for residents of southern Jefferson County, have evolved during 2021-2022. Previously, we faced the uncertainty of Covid-19, and the stressors of food insecurity, housing, employment, and health. This year, in the South County, the challenges are somewhat different. Housing, health, and employment remain concerns; however, with the reduction of Covid-related funds for the Child Tax Credit and the reduction of food benefits provided under SNAP, food insecurity is again become a major concern for many of our friends and families throughout southern Jefferson County.

      Now, moving through our first post-pandemic year, our friends and neighbors still face challenges. The overall loss of benefits impacts access to affordable and healthy food, and the dilemma of paying rent or buying food looms on the horizon. Our mission to feed the poor has, once again, become our over-arching focus.

      As southern Jefferson County’s major hunger-relief charity, our generous donors have helped  supply over 199,851 pounds food, and over 96,891 meals to over 1,573 households throughout the last year. We are humbled by your support.

      Donating money is the most direct method of supporting the Rohde Center.
      The Power Of A Dollar enables us to purchase over $10.50 worth of food from the Food Bank of Central New York for every $1 donated.

      Donations may be made by check, money order, or online with Paypal and credit cards through PayPal.

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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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