Meet Cheryl “Action” Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas.
Jackson is a celebrated author, motivational speaker and a voice for the hungry.
Jackson founded the food pantry to honor her mother, Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing. The food pantry has provided over four million meals thus far to people in need. Jackson is so passionate about fighting hunger that she has travelled the country giving speeches to schools, churches and major corporations in her quest to raise awareness.
Jackson has been a contributor on WFAA, Good Morning Texas and a writer for the Dallas Morning Newspaper. She has also met Oprah Winfrey and received a one-on-one interview with her. She is also a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and a writer for the Huffington Post. In addition to this, she has written a memoir of her journey titled “What in the World Are You Doing?”
Minnie’s Food Pantry has been featured on The Talk, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC, NBC, as well as all local media channels.
The BET network awarded Minnie’s Food Pantry $30,000 for their work in the DFW community. The Minnie’s Food Pantry team was also the first winner on the game show series, The American Bible Challenge. Jackson was also honored on Good Morning America and won a contest that led Rihanna and Jim Parsons to visit the food pantry and work side by side with Jackson to provide meals for the hungry.
At Cadillac, we celebrate those whose passion and vision have reshaped our city, our lives and our culture - including Jackson’s passionate and commitment to feeding the hungry.
Her continuous passion makes her one of the dedicated and driving persons shaping Dallas/Fort Worth.