PROP News and Events


Issue 1, March 2023

Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

Here are the most commonly needed items

Food Items

Canned Chicken

Canned Chili

Canned Stew

Diced Tomatoes

Canned Fruit

Peanut Butter

Oatmeal (instant/rolled)

Healthy Snacks  (granola bars, crackers, pretzels)

Pasta Mix/ Sides

Rice (Brown/Mix)

Tea/ Coffee

Tomato paste/ Tomato Sauce

100% Juice (Apple, Orange, Grape, Grapefruit)

Pancake Mix and Syrup

Canned Tuna

Pasta Sauce


Gluten free items

Ethnic food staples

Non-food items

Personal Care:

Bar Soap



Body wash

Tooth brushes

Tooth paste

Men’s and Women’s deodorant

Pull-Ups : Boys and Girls all sizes

Paper products

Baby Wipes


Paper Towels

Toilet Paper

Donations can be dropped off

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Here is our list of items for a food drive PROP Food Shelf Food Drive Items

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

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2023

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2023

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2023

Saturday, May 13th

On Saturday, May 13th, 2023, the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 31st Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” drive. Locally, Eden Prairie Letter Carriers will collect much needed food and personal care items donated by residents and transport them to PROP Food Shelf for distribution to people in crisis in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. PROP Food Shelf is providing the letter carriers with printed bags to distribute to area residents to use for the drive. Residents simply fill the bag with donated items and leave them by their mailbox. The letter carriers will do the rest.

Most needed items identified by PROP include: high protein canned or bagged items, pasta and sauce, canned fruit, pancake mix and syrup, coffee, condiments and full-sized personal care items. Donations may also be made online at


Minnesota Food Share 2023

Minnesota Food Share 2023


Between February 22 and April 9 2023, all food and financial gifts for PROP Food Shelf are being matched by the Minnesota Council of Churches.


Empty Bowls 2023

Empty Bowls 2023

Empty Bowls 2023 is back IN PERSON!

We’re so excited to once again gather in person for PROP’s 11th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to stamp out hunger in our community! Join your neighbors to enjoy a bowl of soup, a piece of bread and a beverage as a way to remember what we all have in common: “Everybody Eats”

Tuesday Feb., 21st at St. Andrew Lutheran Church

LUNCH 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

DINNER 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Soup. Handmade Bowls. Silent Auction. Local Entertainment. 100% of proceeds go to PROP Food Shelf to help those in crisis. The generous support of our Event Sponsors and Individual Donors will ensure that “Everybody Eats” during this financially challenging time!

We need your help to make PROP Empty Bowls 2023 a success!

  •  Be one of our valued SPONSORS!
  •  Donate an item for the Silent Auction!
  •  Volunteer to help during the day of the event!

Contact: Holly Link, PROP Marketing and Communications Coordinator | 952-746-1891

Empty Bowls 2023 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2023 Empty Bowls Sponsors


Sandcastle Foundation

Angel donor


CH Robinson


St. Andrew

Integrity Wealth

Barr Engineering

Wooddale Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church

EP Noon Rotary

George Wolff VFW

Conscious Branding



Western National

Lunds & Byerlys Chan

Modular Management

Trinity Exteriors

Greenheck Corporation

SFM Mutual Insurance

Impact Martial Arts

Prairie School of Dance

Quantitative Advantage

Xcel Energy

MidwestOne Bank


Jerry’s Foods

State Farm

Pax Christi

Star Bank

Nicolet Bank

Welu Home Team

Gunnar Electric

Boulevard Wealth Management



Coldwell Banker


Minuteman Press


Old National Bank


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Empty Bowls 2022

Empty Bowls 2022

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


Sandcastle Foundation





St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Chanhassen American Legion

Barr Engineering

ECA Marketing


EA Sween



Western National Insurance

Trinity Exteriors

Immanuel Lutheran

Greenheck Group

Xcel Energy

Knights of Columbus

Electrical Production Services

Charter Bank

Quantitative Advantage

Old National

MidwestOne Bank

Prairie School of Dance

Jerry’s Foods

State Farm

Pax Christi

Welu Home Team

Washburn McReavy

Star Bank


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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.

Give Stocks and Appreciated Investments


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.

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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