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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.





Welcome to PROP’s Virtual Employment Job Board which has job search resources and contains a list of local industries and employers with current job openings.

Job Search Resources

CareerForce is the local resource center offering assistance with all things related to job search including assistance applying for jobs, resume writing and review, and interview preparation. They have a number of employment counsellors on staff. 

Local Employers with Job Openings

To find employers click on the industry you are interested in



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ACR HOMES – Provides exceptional patient care for people with physical and developmental disabilities in 55 ACR Homes throughout the Twin Cities Area including Chanhassen and Eden Prairie.

See available positions here

How to apply to ACR Homes posted here

Ebenezer – Senior Care homes in the local area with positions such as Resident Assistant, Culinary Assistant, Receptionist, Activities, Maintenance and Housekeeping

Ebenezer’s current openings available here  (search by location)


Cherne – A division of the Oatey corporation, manufacturer of equipment and parts for use in the plumbing industry located in Shakopee

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


Lyman Lumber – manufacturer and largest supplier of prefinished mouldings, millwork, windows and doors in the Twin Cities. Located in Chanhassen.

Careers Page


EA Sween – maker of ready-to-eat sandwiches located in Eden Prairie.

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Careers page (search Eden Prairie, MN as location)

Michael Foods – produce potato products for the restaurant, food service and retail markets, located in Chaska

Careers Page (search under Chaska MN as location)



Seek Careers/Staffing – offer connection to temporary, contract and temp-to-hire positions in the local area for jobs in manufacturing, entry level office/clerical or skilled trades.

Find available positions and apply here

Sonesta Select – new hotel located in Eden Prairie. Flexible part-time and full-time employment

Eden Prairie Sonesta Select Jobs posted here 


First Student – Provider of school bus services for K-12 in Tonka Bay and across the entire metro area

First Student Careers Page (search under Minnesota location)

Seven Hills School Transportation – Located in Edina, Minnesota and service school districts all throughout the Twin Cities

Link to driver employment application

Reach out to Angela at 612-508-0542 or for information

COKeM International – the country’s leading full-service, value-added distributor of video games and accessories. Located in Shakopee, MN

Reach out to Anna at for information about open positions and to apply



Home Depot – Local retailer with a variety of positions including full and part time.

Find open positions near you here 

You may stop in the local store or email with any questions

Seniors Helping Seniors – In-home care services for seniors provided by retirees & seniors including companionship, transportation, meal preparation, yard work and light housekeeping. Part-time and Flexible work.  Requires own transportation to senior homes in the local area.

If you are interesting in helping seniors with any of the services, please email or call 763-694-0165

Apply for Seniors Helping Seniors at this link

Mediacom CommunicationsFifth largest Telecommunications provider in the US with local offices in Chanhassen providing business and residential services in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Looking for Broadband installer techs and a wide variety of positions related to the business. 

Search for open positions posted here 

Shop HQ – television network entertainment shopping retailer has a variety of positions including call center customer service type work. Location in Eden Prairie

Find open positions at ShopHQ here – search under iMedia Headquarters located in Eden Prairie, here 



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!

COVID-19 Announcement

COVID-19 Announcement

You are are #1 priority!

PROP is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy food shelf for all.

Effective Wednesday, March 18: All PROP services will be done via phone. Call 952-937-9120 during office hours.

Food Orders will be available (a standard monthly food order based on household size). You MUST call PROP’s main line to place your order. Same Day Order & Pick Up Only.

Call in Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:30am-1pm, Wednesday eve – 3:00pm-6:30pm

 Case Managers are available via phone for ALL OTHER SERVICES.


Announcement in Spanish

Announcement in Somali

Announcement in Russian


Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls


Tuesday Feb., 18th at St. Andrew Lutheran Church

LUNCH 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

DINNER 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Together our community stands up and says, no more hunger, we are here for you! Join us for PROP’s 8th Annual Empty Bowls event – raising funds to end hunger that is right in our very own backyard.

Soup. Handmade Bowls. Silent Auction. Local Entertainment. 100% of proceeds go to PROP Food Shelf to help those in need.

2020 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

St. Andrews Lutheran  Church

Zinpro Corporation

Sandcastle Foundation

Silver Sponsors

ACIST Medical Systems

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Prairie School of Dance

ECA Marketing

Barr Engineering Co.

EA Sween

Western National Insurance

Concious Branding

George Wolff VFW Post # 425



Bronze Sponsors


EP Noon Rotary

Charter Bank

Quantitative Advantage

Prairie Bluffs Senor Living

MidwestOne Bank


I am not hungry anymore – Talia

I am not hungry anymore – Talia

This is a story about Talia, she’s a first grader from a local Eden Prairie school. She was having a hard time focusing in class and didn’t seem to have the energy to play with her friends while outside for recess. Her teacher was concerned, so she asked the social worker with the school to spend some time with her and find out what might be happening. What the social worker found out was that Talia was hungry. Very hungry. After getting Talia some food from the cafeteria, the school contacted the family to connect them with organizations that could help. The family wasn’t aware of a local food shelf in their community, so when they called PROP they weren’t sure what to expect. Within the week, the family had met with a Case Manager for PROP, had their needs assessed, and they immediately got help with food assistance (including monthly grocery orders and weekly visits to the fresh pantry). Today, Talia is an active young girl who loves school, playing on the playground and having fun with friends. With PROP helping her family, she doesn’t worry about not having enough to eat.
PROP’s Holiday Gift Card Program

PROP’s Holiday Gift Card Program

What is the Holiday Gift Card Program & Who Are the recipients

A program that provides PROP recipients with a special $30 gift card in December for each child and senior in the family.

PROP clients who meet the requirements are eligible to participate in the program: Live in Eden Prairie or Chanhassen, are an active and regular user of PROP’s food shelf or market between January 1, 2019 – November 29, 2019, and have children 0-18 living in the home and/or be a senior citizen aged 59+ or older

Why Gift Cards not gifts?

It’s all about CHOICE.

  • We surveyed our clients and they all agreed that getting a gift card is the perfect, well, gift!
    • Many want to go out and purchase the surprise present their children were hoping for,
    • Others want to use it for their special holiday dinner,
    • Several seniors just want to have a little extra money to spend on their family during this wonderful, yet stressful time of year.
  • The choice is now theirs….a freedom they relish; a chance for them be the giver of the gift, not just the recipient. One client mentioned, “You help me be the hero in my son’s life since I get to go shopping for him!”

How can I sponsor a child or senior?

Here are TWO ways you can sponsor a child or senior:

  1. Go online to sponsor a child or senior.
  2. Buy in Store and Deliver as a Bundle
    • Determine number of kids/seniors you’d like to sponsor (let PROP know)
    • Have sponsors go to their local Target store and purchase a gift card worth $30 (please stress the importance of giving the exact amount to keep it equitable for all)
    • Have participants deliver gift cards back to your central hub and then set a delivery date with PROP for the entire bundle of cards.

Deadline for delivery of gift cards to PROP is Friday, November 29, 2019.

Questions? Contact Mary Brown, Director of Development ( or 952-746-1890)

 Thank you for investing in families and seniors by providing them with choice this holiday season. Your consideration of this program and the needs of PROP families and seniors is exactly the spirit of giving that makes us so grateful to have your support.

IN HONOR CARDS NOW AVAILABLE!! Want your gift to be in honor of someone? Print one of our free designs, fill out the details, and let someone know you were thinking of them while helping others this holiday season.