Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson of Minnie’s Food Pantry is on the hearts and minds of people everywhere following her article “I See Hungry People”, published Monday on the Huffington Post Impact Blog. In it, Dr. Jackson emphatically exclaims: “I’m hungry!” In her own words, Jackson dissects the multi meanings of the word “hungry”. She tells a transparent yet transformative story about not only her life, but the lives of the many thousands who’ve come through her pantry’s doors. Jackson not only recounts a period of time when she and her family struggled to eat, but when she made the decision to pay her good fortune forward. In its seven years, the pantry has fed over 250,000 people and served over 3 Million meals.
“I See Hungry People”
Minnie’s Food Pantry epitomizes what should be done when you see a hungry person, feed them! Minnie’s is beyond an ordinary pantry, literally rolling out a red carpet for those in need of service as they enter the doors. In the affluent city of Plano it is the pantry, not the red carpet that most apropos and those receiving meals are the most valuable. Jackson discovered not long after she opened the pantry’s doors in 2008 that the pantry would soon be a God-send for the many victims of the imminent economic downturn.
…I see an opportunity to not just feed their bodies, but to show them that someone cares and they will make it through the hard times, just as I did.-Cheryl “Action” Jackson
Jackson in Action
Jackson and Minnie’s Food Pantry (named in honor of her mother, Minnie) have made a lasting impact on the community and take giant steps toward national notoriety with each selfless act of service. Just last week, CBS 11 profiled Jackson in its “Texan’s With Character” segment. She was invited to watch “Belief” with Oprah Winfrey as the series debuted on the OWN Network. Earlier this year, mega stars Rihanna and Texan actor Jim Parsons checked in to help out at Minnie’s and premiere the movie “Home” in Plano.
Jackson’s efforts and affects are far reaching. In addition to the over 110,000 Facebook likes the article has received, Bishop Derrick Day of the Agape Dominion Outreach of Arizona took notice of Jackson’s Huff Post Impact article and shared it on multiple social media outlets.
Powerful! When we see hungry people, we should feed them – and feed them well. Bishop Derrick Day
With an impressive year soon coming to a close, Minnie’s has plenty more on the calendar. Next Monday marks the seventh annual “Feed Just One” gala. Each year, Minnie’s holds a star studded gala with celebrity hosts and attendees. This year’s host is Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight and Pat Smith, founder of Treasure You. Just announced today, the gala has sold completely out, yet again. Dr. Cheryl Jackson is a woman of ‘action’ and through her unwavering dedication has filled the void of hunger along with thousands of hearts in the process.