Who is Minnie?

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

Minnie Ewing was a Pastor, mother 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.

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

She shared a bright smile everywhere she went and she inspired a community to “Be the Change”. In her final sermon the week before she passed 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 the 17,000 volunteers that support Minnie’s Food Pantry and through her children and grandchildren who she impacted on a daily basis. She was a warrior and we continue the fight against hunger in her name.

Minnie’s Food Pantry is one of the leading pantries in Collin County and we have earned the Great Non-Profits Charity of the year award for 5 years in a row. We also have the coveted gold seal from Guide star charity platinum rating. We serve everyone regardless of their race, color, or religion.



Host a food drive or add a few items to your cart during your shopping trip, we always accept non-perishable items!


Every dollar donated to Minnie’s Food Pantry provides 3 meals to families we serve. Consider making a gift today!


Time is one of our most precious gifts. Will you consider giving yours by volunteering at Minnie’s Food Pantry?


Do you have a voice and want to use it to make a difference? Join Minnie’s Food Pantry in the fight against hunger as a #HungerHero