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Minnies Food Pantry Inc.

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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: To provide free healthy meals and the red carpet treatment to every person that we serve in the community.

Results: Over 5,000 Meals served and six locations in the United States.

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

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 Kristina21

Board Member

Rating: 5

Minnie's Food Pantry rolls out the red carpet for everyone - the people they serve, the volunteers that donate their time and the donors who donate food and money. They are led by the fabulous Dr. Cheryl 'Action' Jackson who's passion for serving is contagious. The team ensures that every person who walks through the doors of the building are served with a smile and a hug. The now infamous chant of 'If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one' says it all in a nutshell. No matter how big or small the difference is...they encourage everyone to just make A DIFFERENCE. And Minnie's does just that for thousands of families every year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Minnie's Food Pantry was founded on the principle of caring for those in need by supplying them with healthy, nutritious food and treating them with dignity, with love and with respect and as brothers and sisters. At Minnie's Food Pantry you only see smiling faces and people holding their heads up high. Minnie's is funded by individuals, churches, businesses both large and small. It is through your donations that Minnie's Food Pantry is able to feed thousand of meals weekly. If you have donated food or money, thank you. If you have not, please consider doing so. I am proud to be associated with Minnie's, come join us

Board Member

Rating: 5

Minnie's Food Pantry was founded on the principle of caring for those in need by supplying them with healthy, nutritious food and treating them with dignity, with love and with respect and as brothers and sisters. At Minnie's Food Pantry you only see smiling faces and people holding their heads up high. Minnie's is funded by individuals, churches, businesses both large and small. It is through your donations that Minnie's Food Pantry is able to feed thousand of meals weekly. If you have donated food or money, thank you. If you have not, please consider doing so. I am proud to be associated with Minnie's, come join us

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of two interns at Minnie's Food Pantry for the summertime, and allow me to shed some light on the situation: THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!! I absolutely love coming into work everyday, because everyday is new!! Sarah (the other intern) and I have been able to work in different areas and experience it all; we WOman the desks, sort through the food, create kiddie and day labor bags, make boxes, and so much more!! Seeing the face of clients we have helped gives this overwhelming, indescribable feeling!! Minnie's runs a professional business, but with the idea that the clients are stars!! The staff and volunteer always have smiles on their faces and make everyone into one big happy family!! Minnie's is the place to be!! :)

Cheryl J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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 .

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Minnie's Food Pantry and its basic tenets to "serve/feed the hungry" is the epitome of Servant Leadership. I am proud to serve on the Board of this enterprise. The CEO and her team are a driven and hardworking group whose dedication and commitement is incredible. My colleagues at the Board level are a creative, giving, fun loving and dedicated set of volunteers and I really enjoy serving with them. This is one of the best non-profit initiatives that I have been involved with as a Director. I am humbled by this undertaking and pleased to serve and is some small way to help people in our community meet some of their basic needs. I have seen first hand, during the Thanksgiving Dinner session last year when Minnie's fed hundreds of families, the positive impact the Pantry has on some of the less fortunate people in our neighborhood. The entire program was very well organized, every volunteer was engaged and execution was flawless.

In my opinion Minnie's charter is the new "Manifest Destiny" in terms of the message and mission of extinguishing hunger across this country and ultimately the entire world!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is such an honor for me to be associated with this incredible organization. The mission is outstanding and so basic to the needs of people in our community, the volunteers and donor base are amazing and the men and women with whom I serve on the board are each outstanding witnesses of generosity and bring a varity of backgrounds to serve the needs of the Pantry. The Executive Director is simply the best at creating awareness and providing this much needed service.

Review from Guidestar