Job Opening 1: Client Services Coordinator
PROP is seeking a bilingual (fluent English and Spanish) Client Services Coordinator to join an innovative and passionate nonprofit team. We take pride in working within our values of compassion, integrity, and respect. We support an inclusive and collaborative culture of professionalism with flexibility and a space for fun. Given our team’s size, we can be flexible and agile in changing our programs and services to meet the needs of our client base and community.
The primary function of the Client Services Coordinator is to provide a consistent staff presence, welcoming and providing initial services for those coming into or calling PROP. Leading with our values, this person will oversee customer service and train office volunteers to assist with upfront food and social service inquiries, and act as liaison for referrals of clients to the case management team. Additionally, this person will coordinate food delivery programs, data entry, and a seasonal holiday gift card program.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “PROP Client Service Coordinator”. Applicants will be screened as they are received and the position will be filled when the best candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.
Most Needed Items
Gluten Free Pasta
Baby Food (pretzels, chips, granola bars etc.)
Snacks (pretzels, chips, granola bars etc.)
Gluten Free Items
- Other GF items
- Body wash
- Tooth brushes
- Tooth paste
- Men’s and Women’s deodorant
- Women’s Hygiene Products
- Pull-Ups : Boys and Girls all sizes
- Baby Wipes
- 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.
- $50: Feeds a family of four for a day
- $100: Gives a child a scholarship to participate in an enrichment activity like camp or swim lessons
- $250: Provides gas cards for 10 clients to attend job interviews
- $1000: Sponsors an entire day at the Food Shelf so everyone has food
- $1500: Keeps a family from becoming homeless through eviction and remain stably housed
FEEDING KIDS ALL SUMMER LONG WITH PROP
Summer is here 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.
With the food prices on the rise, please make an online gift to help us purchase the healthy kid friendly food!
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Chanhassen American Legion
Western National Insurance
Knights of Columbus
Electrical Production Services
Prairie School of Dance
Welu Home Team
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.
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).
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.
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.