Cheryl “Action” Jackson is an author, speaker, TV host and a multi-million dollar successful social
entrepreneur. Just as her nickname suggests, Cheryl Jackson is a woman of ACTION! This matriarch has
struggled from experiencing hunger to providing more than seven million meals to children and families
through her award winning organization, Minnie’s Food Pantry, a charity she founded to honor her
mother, the late Dr. Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing.
Under Jackson’s leadership, her staff and volunteers have provided over seven million meals and has
expanded operations from a small 500 square foot building to over 18,000 square foot building of love
and hope for the hungry.
Jackson has received $100,000 from Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, and Mark Burnett in support of
her charity. Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks have also recognized Minnie’s Food Pantry and Dr.
Jackson for her work in the community and donated $30,000 to help further the organization’s mission.
She has appeared on The Ellen Show and her charity was awarded $30,000 and a new vehicle from the
megastar. She and #TeamMinnies were the first winners of the American Bible Challenge game show.
Dr. Jackson has appeared on Good Morning America where she was honored with the Home Town
Hero Award by singer Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons who also came to serve with her. She
has been recognized and featured nationally in Essence, Jet Magazine, ABC News, NBC, CBS The
Talk, Oprah, TBN and The Steve Harvey Show.
Jackson’s heart for people makes it easy for her to Take Action during times of need. During the
devastation of Hurricane Harvey on the neighboring city of Houston, TX, Jackson led truckloads of food,
toiletries, clothing and supplies to those affected by the storm. Under the direction of Dr. Jackson,
Minnie’s Food Pantry is still boots on the ground, continuing trips to the Houston area to service
thousands of families in need.
Jackson has interviewed A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Will
Smith, Viola Davis, Magic Johnson, Pastor Donnie McClurkin and numerous others. Jackson is an author
and a writer for the Huffington Post. She resides in Texas with her husband of 31 years. She has two sons
and daughters and 4 incredibly beautiful grandchildren. Most importantly Jackson loves God and she
gives him all the praise for the doors that have been closed and opened in her life.
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