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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.

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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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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


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.

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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


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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.


Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Baking Items (Sweetened Condensed Milk, Evaporated Milk, Vanilla, Baking Powder/soda,)
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Stew
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Fruit (same list)
  • Canned Kidney Beans
  • Dried Fruit, Nuts
  • Healthy Snacks, (same list)
  • Jelly/ Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Oatmeal (same list)
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Pasta Mix/sides
  • Rice (same list)
  • Spices
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • 100% Juice (Apple, Orange, Grape, Grapefruit)


 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