Grassroots Organization That Came From a Place of Pain

05/19/2015 05:22 pm ET | Updated May 19, 2016

Cheryl 'Action' Jackson has been rolling out the red carpet for those in her community for over seven years and giving every family the celebrity treatment. Cheryl has not only inspired those in her community, but recently had the opportunity to inspire people all over the world through her recent appearance on Good Morning America as she found out that she was the winner of the 2015 Animated film Home Movie Premier Contest.

In 2008 Cheryl started a food pantry with food from her kitchen in Plano, Texas to give free healthy meals to families in need. Since her start in 2008 the non-profit organization Minnie's Food Pantry which is named after her late mother Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing has grown tremendously. Today they have served over four million meals and still counting.

"My parents had little finances, but a Huge Heart! They lead by example" - Cheryl 'Action' Jackson, Founder

Cheryl's contribution to those in her community and abroad has made a tremendous impact and through her hard work and dedication she has received awards from the BET Network for her efforts and was awarded the progressive charity with a gift of $30,000 and Steve Harvey awarded her with the "Harvey's Hero Award" along with a gift of $25,000 from Hillshire Farm. Cheryl has been the recipient of many awards and has also made national appearances on The Talk, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and many more.

Cheryl has always had a strong desire to give back to those in her community in a major way because of how her mother taught her. Minnie's Pantry has allowed Cheryl to not only give back to her community, but to give those in need hope for a brighter future. There was a time in Cheryl's life where her family was in need and she learned quickly about the treatment many received as they would go and apply for public assistance. It was then that she decided to do something that would provide healthy meals, motivate, and uplift each individual that were in desperate need.

"Minnie's Food Pantry is a grassroots organization that came from a place of pain. This week I lost the woman for whom the pain inspired my passion, Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing." - Cheryl 'Action' Jackson, Founder

Every family at Minnie's Pantry is greeted with a warm smile, a lot of love, and given the celebrity treatment as they enter. Cheryl wants families to know that they will make it regardless of their temporary situation. On May 7, 2015, Cheryl lost her mother and even at this difficult time in her life she is using her journey to inspire others through her amazing strength.

Many may not have had the honor of being in her mother's presence, but through the courageous courage, love, and dedication that drives Cheryl 'Action' Jackson you can see that her mother was a phenomenal woman with a heart of gold. Cheryl and her mother Minnie had the honor of having their story archived in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.

This post is in memory of Cheryl's mother Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing. If you would like to read Cheryl's inspiring story or learn more about Minnie's Food Pantry, please click on the link below.

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Cheryl 'Action' Jackson hugs her mother Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing