Joining forces to take on food insecurity … and much more!

There are few things more rewarding than accomplishing big things when individuals and small organizations join forces.

That was on display Sept. 19 and 20, when individual donors, local churches, Rotary clubs, and other volunteers – including the Foundation – came together to create a wildly successful community-wide food drive for PROP, our local social-services agency.

PROP was said to be “bursting at the seams” after receiving about 25,000 pounds of food and other essentials from the drive.

The donations will replenish PROP’s food shelves at a time of high need, and for that Eden Prairie needs to collectively pat itself on the back.

But kudos also to the churches and civic organizations for responding and in a matter of days organizing a city-wide effort. It started with one Rotarian’s observance that food shelves were depleted, leading to a Zoom meeting that quickly had people stepping forward to organize a coordinated response.

The Foundation is proud to be one of those organizations, because it aspires to be a community “hub” – an ongoing connector between those who need help and those who provide help. We are learning to be an organization that can help fill a need at a moment’s notice, and also take on systemic change.

When it’s clicking, you’ll see more and more of what occurred last weekend: a community taking care of its own people, with dignity, skill, and diligence.

Congratulations, Eden Prairie, Together, we are making it through difficult times.

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Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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