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.).

Important Links

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Food bank
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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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Announcements and Upcoming Events

    Welcome to the Rohde Center website. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer driven organization providing food at no cost to low-income families in southern Jefferson County.

    The Rohde Center operates two food related 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.

    To participate in this program, you must:
    • Live in our catchment area, which includes three school districts:
    • Belleville-Henderson
    • Sackets Harbor
    • South Jefferson
    • You must meet income guidelines and qualify for the SNAP (food stamps) and/or HEAP program.
    • You must provide the names and date-of-birth for each individual living in your household.
    Fresh Food Program

    Fresh food is a collaborative effort through the Food Bank of Central New York and Wegman’s. Perishable food is gleaned from a variety of participating food chains, and distributed through food pantries. The program is opened to the public, and there are no qualification guidelines. Please see the attached form for distribution dates.


    The ADAMS FOOD $EN$Food Co-Op is now available at The Rohde Center, with convenient pick-up at the Rohde Center!



    • Register and pay in advance for your unit OR order and pay on-line (follow the FOOD $EN$E link on the left or go to You may pay by PayPal, Credit Card or Debit Card by using the On distribution day you can sign up for the following month. ORDER ADAMS FOOD $EN$E BY THE ORDER  DEADLINE AT THE ROHDE CENTER AND PICK UP AT THE ROHDE CENTER ON THURSDAY OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK FROM 3 TO 4 PM.

    • Pay $20.50 in cash, check, SNAP (EBT) or now available Credit / Debit or PayPal on-line ordering at More than one unit can be purchased and additional specials are available. Customers find the food is worth approximately  $25-35! There are no restrictions to order; if you eat, you qualify.

    • Bring your receipt when you pick up your food unit on distribution day at The Rohde Center in Adams. If you are unable to pick up your unit, give the receipt to a friend or relative to pick up for you.

    • Food must be picked up on time. Food not picked up on Distribution Day will be donated to the Rohde Center


    Friday, November 4, 2016                               Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Friday, December 9, 2016                               Thursday, December 22, 2016