Minnies Food Pantry Inc.

Rating: 4.99 stars   337 reviews

Issues: Food, Philanthropy

Location: 3033 W Parker Rd Suite 116 Plano TX 75023 USA

Mission: To reduce hunger in the community.
Target demographics: provide healthy food to families that are in need of the basic necessity of life.
Direct beneficiaries per year: provide 2.1 meals to families in North Texas!
Geographic areas served: the state of Texas
Programs: Feed Just One Camille's Kids Summer Lunch Program Thanksgiving Meal Feeding 5,000 Our Daily Bread Program
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My office has supported Minnies this past year. Some of the people have volunteered at Minnies Pantry, some have help with contributions, and some have helped by donating facility equipment. Cheryl Jackson inspires all who she speak with. We would like to see her mission of eliminating hunger and providing the community with healthy food to eat.

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

Help with food donation

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

Put more women in charge. They have a compassionate spirit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I give to Minnie's because I know they do their best to eliminate hunger. I feel confident my donations are being put to good use through this organization.

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

seeing them work in their day to day environment and speeking with the owners and volunteers.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Minnie's is a Wonderful charity that helps people down on their luck in a typically fortunate area of North Texas. I have seen first hand the effect they have on people in the community, and have been so impressed with how they handle donations, volunteers, etc.

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

I have met a number of people that have benefitted by Minnie's.

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

Get the word out to more people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Minnie's Food Pantry has filled an important need in our community. Cheryl Jackson inspires people with her amazing energy and passion to be theri best selves and reach out to others. Her sincere comittment and compassionate personality infuse the entire organization. they are truly making a difference.

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

supplying food to the hungry at holidays

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

find more volunteers to be invovled

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Rating: 5 stars  

When was the last time you can honestly say YOU changed someone's life? In the case of Minnie's Food Pantry - this is no cliche - flat out, lives are changed everyday. This is the mission, a passion, a life-purpose for Cheryl "Action" Jackson and everyone involved in the organization.

Minnie's Food Pantry is so much more than a food pantry - Minnie's is a MOVEMENT. Families struggling with basic human needs and desperate to feed their children and themselves may COME to Minnie's for food - but they walk away FULL of so much more than food. Clients are treated with dignity and get Red Carpet Treatment. The love, energy and support is overwhelming. Minnie's impact extends beyond serving food to the hungry and homeless - it changes everyone involved.

We wanted to teach our three little boys the value of volunteering and service, so we volunteered at Thanksgiving and - and the course of our family has been changed. Can you imagine what many kids consider a chore - volunteering - our little boys ASK over and over, 'When can we go to Minnie's again??' 'When can we help again?" "When will we be able to make more boxes?' A continuing chorus of "Can I stack the beans this time, I want to help with pulling food, I want to work the line or separate items.' Minnie's Food Pantry is now part of the fabric of our family, we will continue serving and offering ourselves. We see it firsthand - what a difference this makes to so many. The question isn't why would you help - it truly is, why WOULDN'T you help? I challenge you to give your donations, your time, your hands and further this cause.

Cheryl "Action" Jackson, Momma Minnie, and their entire family represent Minnie's Food Pantry. Cheryl, Erica and all the staff are top-notch! The volunteers are warm, loving and supportive! Once you go through the doors of Minnie's - whether seeking food or comfort - or if you are offering your time or money - you may be giving - but what you get is so much more!!

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

I have seen the results at Minnie's firsthand through the lives of those they serve. Our family has forever been changed by our experience with Minnie's as well. We helped several times - and our three little boys absolutely LOVE volunteering at Minnie's! Hunger starves more than bodies, it breaks lives down; Minnie's feeds bodies and spirits and builds people up! You can make a difference - it's The power of one - one person, one family, one box of food - the power to change is real at Minnie's.

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

The most important change Minnie's Food Pantry needs is more financial support! Think about it! If they've been able to do as much so far on such limited funding - can you IMAGINE what impact they could have with more financial backing? I would increase the amount of funding and partnerships for monetary support. This should be nationwide - and solid sources of funding are crucial!

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cheryl "Action" Jackson has motivated me to do something I have never done before. Help feed the homeless and hungry. I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl the weekend before Thanksgiving. She told me of her effort to provide a full Thanksgiving meal for hundreds and hundreds of families who otherwise would go without. And as she does so well, at the end of her story - she looked me in the eyes and said What are YOU doing to help? The experience of donating and then volunteering to help feed those hundreds of families provided MY family with perhaps the best Thanksgiving ever. Two weeks later "Action" Jackson had me stocking shelves at Minnie's Food Pantry. Today we look for other ways to continue to help this incredible effort. It is our belief that Minnie's Food Pantry offers a unique method of feeding the hungry. They do it with grace and dignity. It is one of the coolest things that Cheryl has developed - the ability for the hungry to come into Minnie's and go "grocery shopping" for their food. You can't imagine how different that is from just a handout. What Cheryl has created in Minnie's is the seed of an idea that needs to be planted and replanted across Texas and throughout America. This is an organization that can be trusted, is dependable and cares about the people they serve. And they desperately need your donation and help. Please do whatever you can to help Minnie's Food Pantry grow and help Cheryl "Action" Jackson take this concept across the country to wipe out hunger. I'm proud my family knows Cheryl and is associated with Minnie's Food Pantry.

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

I have seen the results from Minnie's Food Pantry in the changed lives of the people they serve. Not only do the hungry get fed - the food is provided in the most dignified manner possible - just as you and I would want it provided if we were in that situation. Wiping out hunger with DIGNITY is what Minnie's and Cheryl "Action" Jackson are all about.

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

The best change that could happen to Minnie's Food Pantry is to find a solid source of funding that could take Cheryl Jackson's concept for feeding the hungry and rapidly expand the idea. It is a concept that works and Minnie's needs the donations to continue and expand.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Impressively large and clean facility fully stocked with name brand food items. Provides clients a choice within food groups. Allows clients to visit 2x/month, which is unusual. Leaders of the organization are full of passion, energy and a heart for others!

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

Seeing more and more people and families of our community served by Minnie's food pantry.

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

Open more locations!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

hunger in our community

Why did you make your donation at this time?

toured the food pantry

What would you tell others about this organization?

a worthy organization to support

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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