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October 19, 2012

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October 19, 2012

I dreamed of a place where people could be served with dignity and respect. I dreamed of a place where families could walk the red carpet when they receive free food and where they experienced service as though they were in a grocery store. Because of the generous donors and volunteers, I don't have to dream any longer. I am excited that Minnie's Food Pantry is the leading pantry in Collin County and was voted the number one charity in the Dallas metroplex. There is no better place to spend 3 hours of your week than at Minnie's Food Pantry Wednesday-Saturday. Come see for yourself.

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Life-changing

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2012

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

Minnies Food Pantry truly works to serve their clients. During the winter ice and snow storm they increased the hours at the pantry knowing that their clients needed them even more during this time. I have been impressed at how many of the clients who are served by the pantry give back by volunteering their time. There is a real attitude of servanthood displayed by the management of the pantry. It is truly an attitude of I am here to serve those who are in need.

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board member and volunteering

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I would get more organizations involved to increase funds in order to serve more people.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

Working with Minnie's is an incredibly gratifying experience. People of all ages, religions, ethnicities, and social backgrounds put all potential differences aside and come together for one purpose: to feed the hungry.

Everyone is made to feel welcome, wanted, and special at Minnie's
Food Pantry, from the board member to the volunteer to, most importantly, the client.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering in the pantry to feed the hungry. It is a moving experience!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

Minnie's Food Pantry main purpose is to Feed the Hungry. The provided over 120,000 meals to our brothers and sisters in need during 2010. The volunteers and the staff treat each person with dignity and respect.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways by working to hand out food to families in need throughtout the year.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to reach out to other organziations and invite them to be a part of this great cause by donating food and money to Minnie's Food Pantry on a regular basis.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

My involvement with Minnie's Food Pantry as a Board member has been extremely rewarding. Minnie's is filling an important need in our community as the problem of hunger in America has only intensified during the economic downturn. The staff of Minnie's is extremely caring and dedicated as they work to fulfill the organization's mission of feeding the hungry and we couldn't ask for a better spokesperson for the cause than Cheryl Jackson, director of Minnie's Food Pantry. Keep up the great work!

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I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the staff of Minnie's. They treat everyone with dignity and respect.

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I don't have any recommended changes. Keep on doing what you are doing!

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am delighted to serve on Minnie's Food Pantry Board of Directors. I have watched and experienced firsthand since inception the impact Cheryl JAckson has made on the community. I am amazed to see how much food and the quality of food that Minnie;s Food Pantry distributes to families, yet she is not satisfied. She wants to give more and provide more services which speaks volumes.
Quite honestly this is the best food pantry in Texas.

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Watching this organization feed 100 families to thousands.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional finances.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

This is a wonderful organization and I am proud to serve on the board of directors. I have witnessed first hand what it means to make a difference in the lives of humanity. I am honored to serve alongside such great humanitarians and I love the work that Minnie's Food Pantry has done in and for the community.

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Watching the amount of people being served walk away with food and their integrity still in check

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing except give them more finances when I can

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

Well let me take you back and how I met Mrs. Jackson at a nail salon . I happen to be taken a break and started talking to this wonderful person , I felt something special that day and from that point we have been good friend s ,and I have always wanted to help people from going hungry. I love to cook so since then we have been able to help host the annual fun raiser at ruthschris , I also have had fun sering during 4th of july w/ the Mayor of plano and Minni herself . It can't tell you how good I felt when I was giving boxes of food to people who need it . I think I work hard but nothing compares to what Action Jackson does for the community of plano and state of texas . I hope everyone will keep helping out the food pantry and whatever way , you will see also diiference in your life also .

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In just seeing how many familes and individual we have helped in the last year.

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I would do nothing great energy and the board and staff are excellent .

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Last year I was asked to help in any way possible to help secure refriugeration for Minnie's Food Pantry in Plano. As a Plano Resident, and a small business owner (who specializes in Commercial Food Service Equipment), I was overwhelmed at the good works being done right in my own zip code. It didn't take long for me to see what a difference two persons, Cheryl Jackson and Erica Simon, can do. Donating new refrigerators which would maintain the safety of the food prior to distribution was insignificant con=mpared to the day-in/day-out efforts of not only the staff, but more importantly, THE VOLUNTEERS. No persons are ever turned away...and not only are food and necessities given, but at Christmas, Cheryl organized efforts to see to it that the families Minnie's served had toys for their children.
As a Board member it has been astounding to see what Cheryl has done with such limited resources. There have been numerous months that she and Erica were not even compensated...and by compensation I mean a paltry amount. I know many organizations are deserving of recognition, but anyone who spends any time at the Food Pantry would realize instantly that Minnie's is built on TIME. TALENT and TREASURE. What a blessing Minnie's Food Pantry is to the community...and how fortunate I am to be associated with such a wonderful organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways! I continue to reflect on the Saturday in November where we gave food boxes (including turkeys) to over 700 families. It was overwhelming to see the people who wrapped their way around the building...some of them having walked miles to get to the Thanksgiving Giveaway!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see to it that Cheryl Jackson did not have to worry where the funds were coming from, and could have some paid staff members who could write grants, contact corporations, etc. to tell Minnie's Mission and enable the Pantry to serve more needy persons.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I am so honored to be on the board of Minnie's Food Pantry. The efforts of the Director and her one staff member along with volunteers is truly inspiring.
Individuals and families who have no where else to turn for food come to Minnie's. Over 24,000 people have been blessed with food and
contact with a truly loving and caring team there to serve them.
The board is professionally run by an experienced person and is comprised of leaders in many varied fields. I have served on many boards in the past but none so dedicated to the goal of helping to meet the needs of the Hungry in Plano, and surrounding areas.

The Great!

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I have witnessed the joy and relief of a hungry child knowing that they will have some food to eat again.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more services that integrate it with Health Screening and referral to other agencies and Non-Profits to help families and individuals.

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