Dr. Jackson is the Founder of Minnie's Food Pantry. She was recently featured on the Ellen Show and Good Morning America with rihanna and Jim Parsons. She is an Award-Winning Author, Speaker and Consultant. Her charity has provided over 4 million meals to families in need. Minnie’s Food Pantry, is a 501c3 charity dedicated to honor the life of her mother, Minnie Ewing. Minnie’s Food Pantry values and esteems families by literally rolling out the “red carpet” when they come onsite to receive food. Oprah Winfrey literally sings her name in this youtube video. https://youtu.be/0KVlokzDfC8 !
The BET Network was moved by Jackson’s efforts and awarded the progressive charity with $30,000. An award-winning philanthropist, she frequently travels across the country sharing first-hand accounts and awe-inspiring stories to thousands on the criticality of taking action and living on purpose!
Her exemplary leadership and expertise have been shared from small platforms to Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, JCPenney, Dr. Pepper and many more.
Steve Harvey gave Jackson the “Harvey’s Hero” award along with a gift of $25,000 from Hillshire Farm. She was the winner of the local Lady Godiva Fall campaign and recently had a four page profile in ESSENCE Magazine . Jacksons charity, Minnie’s Food Pantry was also featured in The Food Network documentary, Hunger Hits Home.
America fell in love with Jackson when her team became the first winners on the hit game show series, The American Bible Challenge and later as a contestant on Deal or No Deal. Cheryl has also made national appearances on The Talk, The Marriage Ref, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and the AP Oprah Farewell reel. She was even interviewed by the incomparable, Dr. Maya Angelou!
As a media maven and personality, Jackson produced weekly segments on ABC’s, Good Morning Texas, was featured in The Dallas Morning News with her popular article, “Take Action.” Recently, she hosted a movie premiere segment on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. She also authored a memoir of her journey, “What in the Word Are You Doing?”
Jackson was honored at the NAACP Image Awards where she received the Community Champion Award from Radio One. She won the 2015 Junior League of Collin County coveted Individual Community Leader of The Year - Excellence in Service Award. Jackson and her mother, Minnie Ewing, story is archived in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
At the end of the day, Cheryl’s critical mission is to cry as the voice for the hungry and to hear the heart and soul of hurting humanity and to make you BELIEVE you can achieve you set your heart to do Her mission and message to the masses will continue to move forward through feeding and filling families with unconditional love, compassion, hope, purpose, faith … and of course, action!
Jackson has been married for 30 years. She is the proud mother of Robert and Artis Jackson and she has two daughters, Zoya and Chelsea and four grandkids.
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