During the Pandemic there is limited access to the pantry. We will continue to distribute food; however, you must follow the process above to ensure your health and safety and that of our volunteers. As much as we appreciate donations of all kinds, we are currently unable to take direct donations of food. We will take donations of household cleaning supplies (clothing detergent, dish detergent, pine cleaner, etc.), and personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc.) Donating money is the best method of supporting the Rohde Center. 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 for families struggling with hunger.

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      Adams, New York 13605


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      The Food Bank has advised us that there will be no Food $ense until further notice. Fresh Foods is scheduled for July 24th @ 3:00 PM. See the Fresh Foods section for additional information.

      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 distribution will be held on Friday, May 22nd @ 3:00 PM in the parking lot of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 17 Grove St. Adams. Distribution will begin at 3:00 PM. You will need to remain in your vehicle, register, and follow the signs. You may register as early as 2:00 PM. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE DRIVEWAYS ON GROVE STREET

      Fresh Foods is a collaborative food program of the Rohde Center, the Food Bank of Central New York, participating central 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 on a daily basis to community organizations for immediate distribution to neighborhood residents.

      The Fresh Foods  program salvages food that would otherwise be discarded 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.

      To participate in the Fresh Foods program, individuals must meet eligibility guidelines and be 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.

      2020 Fresh Foods Distribution Schedule

      Friday, July 24th @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, August 28th @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, September 25th @ 3:00 PM
      Friday, October 23rd @ 3:00 PM
      TUESDAY, November 17th @ 3:00 PM
      TUESDAY, December 15th @ 3:00 PM

      Adams Food $en$e is unavailable until further notice due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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      Food $ense is unavailable until further notice.


      Food $ense is unavailable until further notice.


      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. For every $1 you donate we 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 109,038 meals in 2018, and 2019 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 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.


      2018 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 77% of our income comes from private individuals and organizations, with the remaining 23% as grants from The Food Bank of Central New York. 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:
      •    $82,613. in total pantry operating expense
      •    Administrative expenses were 2.8%
      •    Over 4,420 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 212,724 lbs. of food were distributed
      •    109,038 balanced meals were distributed through the Rohde Center Food Pantry and
            Fresh Foods Program, including 843 Christmas Meals and 909 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.

      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're not open.


      This is a great tool from Cornell Cooperative Extension for finding extensive food resources in Jefferson County.

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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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