Who is Minnie?

Minnie's Food Pantry was founded by Dr. Cheryl Jackson to honor her mother, the late Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing D.D. on April 1st, 2008.

Minnie Ewing was a mother pastor, and community leader.

She raised nine children and taught each one the importance of giving back and giving the best you had. Ms. Minnie lead by example and the world was able to witness it. She created her own organization called Helen's House to honor her mother, the late Helen Allen and that's what inspired Cheryl Jackson, her daughter to do the same. Ms. Minnie understood hunger because as a child her mother walked five miles to get to work each day and she shared how some days they had absolutely nothing to eat, however, they had love and that's what fuels Minnie's Food Pantry today.

Ms. Minnie was famous for her hugs and kind words.

She shared a bright smile everywhere she went and she inspired a community to "Agents of Good".  In her final sermon the week before she passed away she said that she wanted her headstone to read "She loved God and she loved God's people" and that's exactly what it says. Her legacy lives on through her children and grandchildren who she impacted on a daily basis and the thousands of volunteers that support Minnie's Food Pantry.  She was a warrior and we continue the fight against hunger in her name.

We are honored to continue her heartbeat and we do so through our mission and our programs.