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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

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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

COVID RELIEF CAMPAIGN: $25K GIFT MATCH.

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!

 

COVID RELIEF CAMPAIGN: GIFT CARDS

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.

 

EMPLOYMENT JOB BOARD

EMPLOYMENT JOB BOARD

EMPLOYMENT JOB BOARD

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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Healthcare

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Manufacturing

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Staffing/Hospitality

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Transportation/Warehouse

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Other

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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)

Manufacturing

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

Apply online at www.oatey.com/careers 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)

 

Staffing/Hospitality

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 

Transportation/Warehouse

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 angela@fourpointo.com 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 asteward@cokem.com for information about open positions and to apply

 

Other

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 Bethany_George@homedepot.com 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 helpingseniorsmn@gmail.com 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 FOOD FOR KIDS PROGRAM 2020

SUMMER FOOD FOR KIDS PROGRAM 2020

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! 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.

 CALL PROP FOR ALL SERVICES: 952-937-9120

Announcement in Spanish

Announcement in Somali

Announcement in Russian

 

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls: ENDING HUNGER ONE BOWL AT A TIME

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

Scheels

IWCO

Bronze Sponsors

Driasi

EP Noon Rotary

Charter Bank

Quantitative Advantage

Prairie Bluffs Senor Living

MidwestOne Bank