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      • NEXT FRESH FOODS DISTRIBUTION IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th . 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 December 13, 2022 at 6:00PM

      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) WIC, Medicaid, TANF, or SSI
      3. Provide the names and dates-of-birth for each individual living in your household.

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      Fresh Foods distribution is RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22nd, 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.

      December 16, 2022 - THIS IS THE THIRD FRIDAY!

      Friday, January 27th                         Friday, April 28th

      Friday, February 24th                       Friday, May 26th

      Friday, March 24th                             Friday, June 23rd

                           Jul-Dec - TBD           

      Adams Food $en$e is OPEN!

      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, January 13, 2023
      Friday, February 10, 2023
      Friday, March 10, 2023
      Friday, April 14, 2023
      Friday, May 12, 2023
      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 January 26th
      Thursday February 23rd
      Thursday, March 23rd
      Thursday, April 27th
      Thursday, May 25th
      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 CNY. 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

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      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.


      2020-2021 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 changed during the 2020-2021 Covid year. 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, food insecurity has lessened with the generous response from donors, programs such as Nourish New York and the USDA, and grants from Town and Village governments.

      Now, moving through our second year of the pandemic, our friends and neighbors still face challenges. Just as food insecurity has eased, loss of employment, loss of unemployment assistance, and even the threat of eviction remains. As southern Jefferson County’s major hunger-relief charity, our food pantry donors helped us supply over 199,851 pounds food, and over 96,891 meals to over 1,573 households. 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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