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Summer Food For Kids Program 2021

Summer Food For Kids Program 2021


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)


Housing Instability 

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


Under Employed 

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


Limited Transportation 

11% of PROP clients don’t have reliable transportation


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 or call 952-200-5731

Frequently Asked Questions

Board Members


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.

Featured News

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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


DIY Bowl Kit

Make your very own bowls. 



Soup of the Day Restaurant

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


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


Online Bingo

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


Random Acts of Kindness

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


Virtual Openhouse Tours

Find out how a food shelf works and what your support really means! Schedule your personal tour by emailing

Empty Bowls 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2021 Empty Bowls Sponsors


Sandcastle Foundation


American Family Insurance


Barr Engineering



ECA Marketing


Charter Bank


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


Featured News

Recent News

Random Acts of Kindness


Random Acts of Kindness

Here are a few simple things you can do to surprise and delight someone today :

  1. Be a good neighbour
    • Send a card of thanks or positivity to a senior (send to our dear friends and wonderful Empty Bowls supporters at Summit Place! Summit Place Senior Campus, c/o Libby Jensen, 8501 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344)
    • Run an errand for someone
    • Shovel a walk and/or driveway for someone
    • Walk a neighbour’s pet
    • Drop off a meal (kit) with special recipe card
  2. Pay it Forward
    • Pay for the person behind you at the drive through
  3. You’ve been PROP’d – Fill the Bowl for someone else
    • Spread sunshine to your neighbours with this simple and easy “You’ve Been PROP’d” random act of kindness
    • Complete HOW-TO with downloadable and printable signs & ideas, Click Here
  4. Spring Cleaning 
  5. Donate to a food shelf


Covid Relief Campaign

Covid Relief Campaign

PROP Covid Relief


Your financial support helps stabilize a family, senior or individual in crisis (whether that means help with food, housing, employment, transportation, or even just provide a listening ear to help them navigate through).

Double your impact! Every dollar donated to this campaign, will be matched up to $25,000! This gift match opportunity runs December 1 – December 31st at midnight.

Donate Now!



PROP is in need of gift cards, specifically to Cub Foods, Walmart, and Speedway gas station, in increments of $25.

Mail to: PROP, 14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Order online at CUB FOODSWALMART, and SPEEDWAY and have sent directly to PROP.


Holiday Gift Program 2020

Holiday Gift Program 2020


Back by popular demand, we are excited to share our Holiday Program for 2020. 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).



Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items:

  • Pasta Sauce (meatless)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Diced Tomato
  • 50-100 count tea bags
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Chicken
  • Cereal
  • 6-12 count granola bars
  • Crackers (Ritz, Club, Saltine)


Gluten free items:

  • Pasta
  • Snakes (chips, bars, etc.)
  • Mixes (brownies, cakes etc.)
  • Pancake mix
  • Mac&Cheese


Non-food items

  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Kleenex

Personal Care:

  • shampoo/conditioner
  • body wash
  • razors
  • deodorant


Baby items

  • Diapers size: 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Pull-ups: Boys and Girls, T3-T4 and T4-T5
  • Baby Wipes


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 4:00pm – 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





Welcome to PROP’s Virtual Employment Job Board. If you have any questions or need help, please contact PROP’s Employment Counselor, Amy Konkoly at 952-746-1892 or email

Lyman Lumber, conveniently located in Chanhassen, MN, is your one-stop-shop for all of your stock or custom interior and exterior moulding and millwork needs. We provide creative millwork products and services including pre-finished trim, windows, interior and exterior doors, stair parts, mantels, specialty items, closet systems, installation services, and builder’s hardware. We’re proud to say that we’ve been the largest supplier of prefinished mouldings, millwork, windows and doors to the pro contractor in the Twin City, Minneapolis St. Paul area for over 30 years.

Available Positions:

Forklift Operator 2nd Shift

Lumber Yard Laborer

Other Opportunities with Lyman Lumber


ACR provides exceptional patient care for people with physical and developmental disabilities in 55 ACR homes throughout the five-county Minneapolis-St. Paul suburban area. ACR staff also provide care for the elderly, including memory care, in two residential homes through our affiliated company Arthur’s Senior Care. ACR offers paid training and flexible work schedules. Our employees voted us the #1 large employer in Minnesota in the Star Tribune Top Workplace survey–twice!

ACR Homes offers numerous rewarding opportunities that truly make a difference in the lives of people who have disabilities. ACR provides New Pay Rates, sign-on bonuses up to $3000 (depending on position), paid training, flexible part-time & full-time work schedules, a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Internships (in any field of study), and additional advantages for full-time positions.

Current open positions include:

  • Direct Care Professionals
  • Floats/E-Floats
  • Residential Supervisors
  • Nurses (RNs and LPNs)
  • Maintenance Route Managers

See more available positions here

How to apply

Mediacom Communications is the 5th largest Telecommunications provider in the US.  We have invested millions of dollars to build a nationwide fiber optic infrastructure to deliver a wide array of advanced products and services including digital cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone service and home security system services.  We are dedicated to keeping jobs in the communities we serve. Our diversified workforce of over 4,600 employees lives and works in the 22 states where we do business.  Most of our coverage is in America’s smaller cities, towns and suburbs.  Mediacom has many career opportunities in many states across the U.S.

Please visit: to continue to grow in areas such as:  Technical Operations, Commercial/Business Sales, Direct Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, IT, and other areas…

Available Positions to Apply:

  1. Broadband Installer Techs:
  2. Front Counter Customer Service Rep:

SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc. is a principle-based staffing resource dedicated to servicing your success by exceeding your expectations. Whether you are looking for a job in manufacturing, entry-level office/clerical, skilled trades or you’re an experienced professional seeking a professional search assistance firm, we’ve got you covered!

Available Positions & Apply Here


American convenience store and gas station chain.

Apply via CELL PHONE: text SPEEDWAY to 25000​

Apply via WEBSITE


First Student is currently hiring school bus drivers in Tonka Bay and the entire metro area.   We are a leading provider of school bus services for K-12 kids.  We have been providing safe and reliable transportation services to our customers for over 17 years.  We have 12 locations in the Twin Cities and also provide charter services for schools and local businesses in the Metro area. 

Click for More Information

Apply via WEBSITE


ShopHQ is an ultra-fun, digital retailer offering exciting brands and unique products to customers around the country. Their television network delivers entertainment shopping to millions of homes via ever-growing mobile, online and social channels. ShopHQ merchandise extends across many popular categories, making them a go-to destination and authority for Jewelry, Watches, Home and Food, Fashion, Beauty, Health and Fitness, Electronics, and more.

You can find open positions at ShopHQ here.



Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services brighten the lives of seniors who can benefit from a helping hand and a friendly smile. Their caregivers, who are seniors themselves, make life easier by providing compassionate care in the comfort of client homes.

The in-home care services provided by Seniors Helping Seniors® empower seniors to continue to live independent lives by taking care of day-to-day tasks that become more challenging as one ages. As health and personal requirements change, Seniors Helping Seniors® is here to assist in many ways including: companionship, transportation, meal preparation, yard work, and light housekeeping.

Wanted Non-medical Caregiver – entry level

Seniors Helping Seniors® is currently looking for retirees and seniors who are compassionate, reliable and who are looking for a part-time flexible job.

Requirements for caregivers:

  • Possess a valid driver’s license and valid auto insurance
  • Ability to treat and care for seniors and their property with dignity and respect
  • Ability to communicate with clients in a friendly and congenial manner
  • Must pass a background check

Previous caregiver experience is not necessary.

If you are interested in helping seniors with any of the services please email @ or call 763-694-0165.

Apply Here


The Home Depot near you is hiring now!  Do you enjoy a fast-paced environment where you can help people every day? Are you a problem solver who puts the customers’ needs first? If so, then you’ll find the perfect fit at The Home Depot. Apply today for a variety of positions at local Home Depot retail stores.  You are encouraged to apply for all positions you are interested in and the recruiter will assist you in finding the best fit position for you! Once you apply feel free to email with any questions you may have.

Apply Here


As part of Fairview Health Services, Ebenezer is driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier and meaningful lives for seniors. Ebenezer’s almost 4,000 employees work as a team to provide the highest quality care to those we serve. Our employees don’t work simply to collect a paycheck; they truly work to make a difference in the lives of older adults in their communities. A culture of caring for others is grounded in our values of Dignity, Integrity, Service, Compassion and Innovation.

We are located in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Because of our size and community settings we can offer opportunities for growth and reinvention. Roles include (entry level):  Resident Assistant/HHA, Culinary Assistant, Receptionist, Activities, Maintenance/Housekeeping. Skilled positions such as RN/LPN, Nursing Assistant, Cook/Chef.

If you share our commitment to quality care for older adults, there’s a place for you at Ebenezer!

More information about Ebenezer’s current openings available here

Ebenezer highlights the following positions:

Dining Server/Culinary Assistant:

Resident Assistant/HHA:



Who are we? COKeM International is now the country’s leading full-service, value-added distributor of video games and accessories. In 2011, COKeM shipped an average 100,000 units per day into retail, distribution, and directly to consumers. COKeM has expanded its capabilities and now provides full-service distribution, fulfillment and 3PL.

COKeM International is the most successful, influential, and innovative distribution service company in the video game and accessory industries. COKeM is in Shakopee, MN.

Open Positions:  Fulfillment Lead

Shifts available? 1st shift hours are 5:30am – 1:30pm and the hours for the 2nd shift are 1:45pm – 9:45pm.

How to apply? Send your resume to ASTEWARD@COKEM.COM



Who we Are:

Since it’s inception over six decades ago, Cherne has led the industry in developing innovative solutions that deliver increased productivity and reliability for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential plumbing systems.

Whether it’s through our world-leading pneumatic plugs, mechanical plugs, gauges, testing equipment or other tools and accessories, we are dedicated to delivering advanced solutions for contractors, DIYers and plumbers everywhere.

Cherne in Shakopee, MN is a division of the Oatey Co. which is a fourth generation family owned company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

We offer great benefits such as health, dental, vision, 401k with match, profit sharing, company paid life, short-term disability, long-term disability, employee assistance program, and competitive vacation plan.  We are a diverse workplace and a great place to work!

Apply online at or visit us during our Walk in Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at our location at 2300 Vierling Dr. West in Shakopee, MN 55379

Current open positions in manufacturing: 

Baker I

Manufacturing Technician I



E.A. Sween Company is the leading supplier in the ready-to-eat sandwich industry, producing more than 70 million sandwiches a year. Our mission is to provide food for people on the go and deliver convenience without compromise. Keeping up with the growing demand for our brands (Deli Express®, Market Sandwich®, Simply Delicious® Baker and San Luis® Burritos) means E.A. Sween Company is adding to our team. With more than 1,000 current employees, competitive pay and desirable benefits, we take care of our team with the same level of commitment we have when taking care of our customers.

Link to recruiting video:

Link to careers page: Search Eden Prairie, MN as location


Statement regarding George Floyd

We are brokenhearted and distraught over the senseless murder of George Floyd and the pain and trauma the Black community are experiencing.

PROP stands strong against racism, injustice, and inequality. We seek, in all we do, to be conscious of and address the deeply entrenched practices, cultural norms, and decision-making structures that perpetuate inequities. We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have genuine opportunities to thrive. We create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected. We inspire hope and provide support in a safe and dignified space.

PROP strives to improve the lives of our neighbors in need and is committed to work with those to bring racial justice and equity to all.




Summer is quickly approaching and even though the pandemic has changed a lot of things, kids needing food isn’t one of them! In fact, as you might have guessed, the last several months have been difficult for our families as kids are home 24/7.

Summer Food for Kids Program 2020

PROP’s Summer Food for Kids Program remains a vital part of our mission to keep everyone fed.  This program helps more than 800 school age children have healthy foods in their home (fresh fruits and veggies, dairy items like cheese and yogurt, and fan favorites like peanut butter, jelly and granola bars).

Purchasing New Healthy Food for Summer Food for Kids

The major change to this years’ Summer Food for Kids Program is where we are getting our food items. With challenges in the food supply chain to meet PROP’s consistent food needs, we have found an incredible new partner, Bix, to purchase ready-made produce boxes that contain favorites like carrots, apples, grapes and mandarin oranges. This box, along with dairy items and shelf stable favorites will be given out to families each month during the summer months. But, something that has changed for PROP, is one borne of safety. For the safety of volunteers, staff and clients, we have greatly reduced food rescue from grocery stores, which was a large portion of the food we distribute each week to families. To continue to meet our specific and consistent food needs, beyond food donations that we receive from individuals and groups, we have begun purchasing healthy food items for all food programs.

Gift Match Challenge

With the increase in our need to purchase more food, we are grateful to announce a $24,000 gift match for our Summer Food For Kids Program! This is our largest gift match ever – and it comes at a time when our need is the greatest. This gift match is available until it is met – so no deadline. Will you take the Summer Food for Kids Gift Match Challenge?

Donate today and your donation has DOUBLE the IMPACT!