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Hometown Hero: Minnie's Food Pantry

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Five years ago Cheryl "Action" Jackson opened Minnie's Food Pantry in west Plano. She named it after her mother, a woman who raised nine children; two of whom weren't hers.

Minnie always told her children, "Be the best and do your best." Cheryl says that's what she tries to do by helping fight hunger. She said she's lived with hunger and had to rely on the government to get food. She was grateful but wanted a different experience for those who need food today.

Minnie's Food Pantry has a red carpet, a rope line, red shopping carts and rock music. She wants her clients to feel special and have a sense of dignity and fun.

Those who are eligible qualify under the Texas Cap Guidelines. She gives food to 1,200 clients once a month, including seniors on a fixed income raising grand kids, the disabled,the unemployed and the working poor.

Her food sources are the North Texas Food Bank, churches, retailers, a community garden and supporters who make monetary donations.

When children come to the food pantry with their parents they get a small paper bag. An inspirational message is drawn on the outside and a nutritious snack is on the inside. The kids get the message that they are special and cared for.

If you'd like information about volunteering or whether you qualify for assistance call 214.734.2552 or log on to minniesfoodpantry.org

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