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Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

  • Spaghetti Sauce

  • Peanut Butter

  • Pancake Mix

  • Instant Oatmeal

 

 Gluten Free Items

  • Snacks
  • Pasta
  • Flour
  • Other GF items

 

Non-food items

Personal Care:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Tooth brushes
  • Tooth paste
  • Men’s and Women’s deodorant
  • Women’s Hygiene Products
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Pull-Ups : Boys and Girls all sizes

Paper products

  • Kleenex
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper

 

For more information on what we could use, Click Here

Our office is accepting food donations, now with a no-contact method of delivery. Donations can be dropped off Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am -1:00pm and Wednesday evening 3:00pm – 6:30pm. Once in our parking lot, please honk your horn and a volunteer will come to your vehicle to retrieve your donation. If no one arrives, please call our main office line at 952-937-9120.

*Unfortunately, due to the unavailability of key items, we are not able to put together an Amazon Wish List at this time.

“Thank you for everything. I was very worried when I saw the
empty shelves at the grocery stores on the news. I’m so relieved
to get food here for my family, especially since I can’t go to work
and the children are home now.” – PROP client

 

 

Join our team

Join our team

 

 

Job Opening 1: Case Manager

PROP is seeking a detail-oriented, community-minded individual to join a passionate and highly collaborative social service team as a Case Manager. We take pride in working within our values of client-centered compassion, integrity, and respect. We support an inclusive and collaborative culture with flexibility and a space for fun. Given our team’s size, we are able to be flexible and agile in changing our programs and services to meet the needs of our community.

TO LEARN MORE CLICK HERE

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter that specifically addresses requested experience and responsibilities and tells us why you see yourself as a great match. Please send to propcareers@propfood.org with the subject line “PROP Case Manager”. Applicants will be screened as they are received and the position will be filled when the best candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.

Empty Bowls 2022

Empty Bowls 2022

Empty Bowls 2022

Celebrating 10 years of our popular fundraiser

The main aim of this fundraiser has been creating awareness and combating hunger in our community. As the pandemic is on the rise again, we have decided to keep the event virtual this year too but not without including exciting activities for our community.

Virtual tour of PROP with our new executive director, Jenifer Loon
See how the food shelf works behind the scenes!
February 22 proclaimed as Empty Bowls Day

On February 8 Mayor Ron Case, on behalf of the Eden Prairie City Council, issued a Proclamation* declaring February 22, 2022 as Empty Bowls Day.

*Mayoral Proclamations are issued to publicly recognize an event that has great significance in the community.  Proclamations become part of the historical record of the municipality.

Take a complimentary bowl home

We have partnered with a favorite cafe to hand out a complimentary bowl to anyone who stops by on February 22nd. So visit Smith Coffee & Cafe between 8 am – 3 pm on 22nd February to enjoy a warm coffee and more, and take a bowl home.

Our Executive Director Jenifer Loon’s secret Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Make it, share it on social media with #PROPSoupChallenge hashtag, and stand a chance to win a  fun gift bag from Lakewinds Food Co-op. Drawing will be held on Monday, February 28.

Jenifer’s Chicken and Wild Rice Soup recipe

Servings: 8-10 generous servings; Prep Time: 35 min; Cook time: 25 min; Ready: 60 min

Ingredients
1 cup wild rice (measured before cooking), cooked
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
3-4 stalks of celery, diced
3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
4 15 oz. cans of low sodium chicken broth (or use 2 quart-size containers)
1 to 2 tbsp Better than Bouillon Chicken base paste*
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 generous cups of diced, cooked chicken (1⁄2 or more of a cooked rotisserie chicken, or 2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and diced) Salt and pepper to taste
1⁄4 tsp ground cayenne pepper* (optional)
1⁄2 cup half and half
1⁄4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

Method

  1. Rinse and simmer 1 cup wild rice with 3 cups of water until rice becomes tender, but not mushy (about 35 min.) Drain rice (if still liquid in the pan) and set rice aside.
  2. In large stock pot over medium-low heat, melt the stick of butter and add the onion. Sauté for 8-10 minutes until onions are very soft and translucent, then add celery and carrots and 1⁄2 tsp salt. Sauté vegetables for about 5 minutes over medium heat, until they begin to soften. Sprinkle in flour, stirring well as you add it to incorporate. Cook this mixture for a minute or two to cook out the raw flour taste. Gradually add the chicken broth, one can at a time, stirring constantly while adding to combine with the flour. Add thyme, 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper to taste. Turn the heat up to medium to medium-high, bringing the soup to a simmer. Add 1 to 2 tbsp ‘Better than Bouillon’ chicken base paste and stir well. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the mixture is hot and thickened, add diced chicken and cooked wild rice. Add 1-2 cups water to thin, depending on your preferred thickness of the soup, and allow to cook until all ingredients are combined and hot, then taste for seasoning.
  3. You can add a tiny dash of cayenne powder if you like (I usually don’t). Adjust for seasoning. For a more robust chicken flavor, add more of the chicken base, 1 tbsp at a time, but be aware it is quite salty. You can always add more water or broth if the soup is too thick. When the soup is piping hot and well-seasoned (taste test), stir in 1⁄2 cup half and half and then mix in the parsley.

Note: Do not let the soup boil after adding the half and half, as it could curdle. If you prefer, you can just leave the half and half out—it is optional. Conversely, you could substitute heavy cream for the half and half to make the soup richer and creamier. Soup flavor is even better the next day!

Vegan Option: Substitute olive oil (1/2 c.) for the butter, use vegetable broth instead of chicken, and omit Bouillon base. Add 2 cups sliced or diced sautéed mushrooms instead of chicken. Omit half and half.

Click here to download the recipe!

Soup of the Day Restaurants

Our local restaurants are partnering with us during Empty Bowls week. These restaurants have been a long-standing Empty Bowl soup provider, so instead of us picking up soup, we are encouraging you to order directly from them. Each day a local donor will give $5 to PROP for every order placed up to $500 per day.

February 21: Peoples Organic

February 22: Houlihan’s

February 23: Tavern 4&5

February 24: Kona Grill

February 25: Crumb Gourmet Deli

Check out each restaurant with Jenifer!

Empty Bowls 2022 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2022 Empty Bowls Sponsors

 

Sandcastle Foundation

Zinpro

Henkel

Tennant

Scoular

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Chanhassen American Legion

Barr Engineering

ECA Marketing

Scheels

EA Sween

Lakewinds

WSB

Western National Insurance

Trinity Exteriors

Immanuel Lutheran

Greenheck Group

Xcel Energy

Knights of Columbus

Electrical Production Services

Charter Bank

Quantitative Advantage

Old National

MidwestOne Bank

Prairie School of Dance

Jerry’s Foods

State Farm

Pax Christi

Welu Home Team

Washburn McReavy

Star Bank

Gunnar

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Keeping Families in their Homes for the Holidays Matching Campaign

Keeping Families in their Homes for the Holidays Matching Campaign

Making Holidays Bright for All

“PROP means a lot to our family.”

Here is Angela’s Story : PROP was a life saver for us during the pandemic. At the time, I was pregnant and my husband was laid off and also had issues with his unemployment benefits. We couldn’t pay our full rent and so we were behind on payments. PROP helped us catch up on rent, utilities and even found a resource to help make a car payment. We thank PROP for all of the support, care, loads of food and beneficial resources.”  Your gift to PROP can help families throughout Eden Prairie and Chanhassen who are facing the same stressors as Angela’s. As the end of the year approaches, please consider sending a tax-deductible donation to PROP. For every gift given this holiday season, a generous local couple will match your gift dollar-for dollar up to $25,000. Your investment in PROP will have double the impact! This gift match opportunity ends December 31st at midnight. We thank you.

Give Stocks and Appreciated Investments

OR

Mail a check to PROP Food  at 14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Please write ‘Housing’ on the check.

Holiday Gift Program 2021

Holiday Gift Program 2021

Back by popular demand, we are excited to share our Holiday Program for 2021. This special program provides seniors and families with kids $30 gift cards for the holiday. PROP clients love this program to help ease the financial burden they experience during the holiday and as one mom mentioned, it helps me “continue to pay extra towards the bills that have a past due balance AND STILL surprise my kids with something nice!”

Here’s how you can sponsor a child or senior this holiday! 

Purchase Gift Card Online and have it sent directly to PROP.

Buy a $30 Target Gift Card* at any Target store and mail to PROP (14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344).

 

 

Food Mart

Food Mart

Food Mart

We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy food shelf for all.  

Nutritious and healthy foods for individuals, families, and seniors.

Welcome to PROP’s Food Mart

 

SHOP BY APPOINTMENT : Call 952-937-9120 to schedule your appointment shopping time slot

Shop the Food Mart Twice a Month : A one stop shop experience available to your household two times per month.

Self-Shop OR Curbside Service : Your choice – come inside and shop or place an order over the phone to enjoy curbside pick-up. We also offer food delivery for clients who do not have their own transport.

Food Mart Variety : From cereal, pasta, and canned goods to fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat to sweets, deli choices and bread. You’ll have more choice with Food Mart.

Photo ID is all you need to Check-In : Other PROP programs may have additional requirements.

Hours and Contact Information:

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri : 9:30am-1:00pm

Wed : 3:00pm-6:30pm

The Food Mart doors are on the North Side of the building with a large green awning.

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50thAnniversary

50thAnniversary

Together for 50 years. Thank you!

In celebration of the many wonderful supporters PROP has had over the last 50 years, please follow our journey through 50 years of service in the community on our digital media platforms. Starting September 20 and running until November 24, posts, videos, heartfelt messages will be shared from our founders to our youngest supporter and lots more folks in between. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane.

Summer Food For Kids Program 2021

Summer Food For Kids Program 2021

FEEDING KIDS ALL SUMMER LONG WITH PROP

Summer is quickly approaching and even though the pandemic has changed a lot of things, kids needing food isn’t one of them! During the summer, when children do not receive free/reduced lunch at school, we provide additional food to their families. Families often have difficulty securing enough food in the summer months.

PROP’s Summer Food for Kids Program remains a vital part of our mission to keep everyone fed.  This program provides families with children (0-18) with extra healthy kid-friendly foods (fresh fruits and veggies, dairy items like cheese and yogurt, and fan favorites like peanut butter, jelly and granola bars) during the summer months.

Gift Match Challenge We are excited to announce a $15,000 gift match for our Summer Food For Kids Program by generous local donors! Between now and June 30, every dollar you donate, up to $15,000 will be doubled!

Will you take the Summer Food for Kids Gift Match Challenge? Donate today and your donation has DOUBLE the IMPACT!

Endowment 2021

Endowment 2021

PROP Endowment

This year marks our 50th year serving the Eden Prairie and surrounding communities. A lot has changed over the years, but never our mission to help people in need. What started out as Thanksgiving baskets for a few families now supports over 1000 families each year.

50 years. PROP Yesterday. PROP Today. And PROP for Tomorrow.

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Food Insecurity 

(76% of PROP clients visit the food shelf every month)

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Housing Instability 

Nearly half of PROP clients spend 50% of income on housing

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Under Employed 

65% of PROP clients say income doesn’t cover basic expenses

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Limited Transportation 

11% of PROP clients don’t have reliable transportation

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Health Barriers 

Nearly 25% of PROP clients struggle with physical challenges

Building a Strong Community by Funding the Future

The leadership of PROP Food Shelf is dedicated to being at the center of change for generations to come and has embarked on a campaign to set a course for our neighbors in need. Through PROP’s Endowment Campaign, PROP is joining forces with our philanthropic partners and friends to raise $50,000 to continue to invest in our core mission to strengthen Eden Prairie and Chanhassen’s only Food Shelf and fuel our mission to end hunger in the community.

It’s A Match.

Double your impact with a gift to PROP’s Endowment Campaign. Now through end of the 2021 calendar year, every dollar donated, up to $25,000, will be matched dollar-for-dollar. 

We are on a mission to feed, nourish and strengthen our community for years to come…please join us for this exciting journey.

Your campaign gifts drive: 

Our capacity to fulfill our mission to help those in crisis

Our commitment to make a difference in our community

Our promise to the future to leave a legacy to help our neighbors in need

Many services. One goal.

PROP was founded on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors, by donating time, food, and money to those in need. We offer support through an array of programs to help people get back on their feet, regain control, and live a life where they can thrive – today and tomorrow.

Investing Safely with the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is a statewide community foundation that began in 1940, serves all of Minnesota and today stewards $1.7 billion in charitable assets for community good. The St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation PROP Endowment Fund channels charitable gifts into a single investment fund that builds over time and provides PROP with a reliable source of annual income — now and in the future.  The Foundation’s expert team provides professional management of our endowment assets to ensure the longevity of PROP. Endowment funds are vital to ensuring the food shelf will continue to fulfill its mission of feeding, nourishing and strengthening our community.

Endowment Fund Giving Options

Donors can make a contribution directly to the Endowment Fund at any time.

Checks should be made payable to PROP Endowment Fund.

There are also many ways to make a planned gift to support PROP. We encourage you to work with your financial advisor to choose an option that is right for you.

All bequests received by PROP will be designated to the Endowment Fund unless otherwise specified by the donor.

Questions? Email Mary Brown at maryb@propfood.org or call 952-200-5731

Frequently Asked Questions

Board Members

FINANCIALS/990

All contributions to PROP, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Internal Revenue Services (IRS) regulations requires us to inform you that, in return for your contribution, you receive no goods or services.

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Empty Bowls 2021

Empty Bowls 2021

Virtual Family Friendly Fundraiser

Feb 22 – 27

Empty Bowls Event Like Never Before

PROP’s popular event, Empty Bowls returns for a ninth year as a virtual week long community event to raise awareness and funding to combat hunger in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen.

“Every day, hundreds of our neighbors struggle to put food on their table. Food insecurity is one of the early indicators of family economic crisis and PROP’s Empty Bowls event has always epitomized neighbors helping neighbors,” says PROP’s Executive Director, Janet Palmer. “This year, we are bringing the spirit of Empty Bowls to the community.”

We have something for the whole family! All proceeds from the virtual events go to PROP to help people in need.

Virtual Activities Through The Week

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DIY Bowl Kit

Make your very own bowls. 

SOLD OUT!

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Soup of the Day Restaurant

Enjoy soup (and anything else) at our Restaurant of the Day. Here is the list of participating restaurants.

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Benefit Concert

Enjoy a cozy evening of rich vocals and superb harmonies with “Food for the Soul” featuring the veteran stage and studio musicians of ‘2 Girls & A Boyd’.

Go to Concert

Password to view concert: propfood

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Online Bingo

Classic games of BINGO all from the comfort of your own home! Play Online Bingo Here

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Random Acts of Kindness

Surprise and delight someone today with a random act of kindness. Click Here for ideas

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Virtual Openhouse Tours

Find out how a food shelf works and what your support really means! Schedule your personal tour by emailing maryb@propfood.org

Empty Bowls 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2021 Empty Bowls Sponsors

 

Sandcastle Foundation

Zinpro

American Family Insurance

Henkel

Barr Engineering

Tennant

ACIST

ECA Marketing

Lakewinds

Charter Bank

Scheels

EA Sween

Concious Branding

Quantitative Advantage

Xcel Energy

State Farm

Welu Home Team

Washburn McReavy

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church

George Wolff VFW Post #425

Cargill

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