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Minnie’s Food Pantry Announces Oprah as Keynote Speaker of Apr. 3 Gala

Plano-based Minnie’s Food Pantry announced in a press release that Oprah Winfrey will be the keynote speaker for its 10th Anniversary “Feed Just One” Gala on April 3, 2018.

The event will take place in Collin County. The red carpet will open at 5:30 pm and is followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.

The organization also announced Emmy-nominated actress, author and President of LightWorkers Media, Roma Downey and award-winning television and film producer Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television Group and Digital will be honored with the Minnie Ewing Legacy Award presented by Toyota. The legacy award identifies, supports and celebrates individuals who have demonstrated “the heart of a giver” in the same way that Minnie Ewing lived her life. To receive this award, individuals have contributed at least 300,000 meals to Minnie’s Food Pantry.

“I have been a ‘student’ of Oprah’s for more than 30 years,” said Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry, in the press release. “I’ve watched, listened and learned a lot of what has helped me to make Minnie’s Food Pantry a national charity.  It’s an esteemed honor to have the voice of one of the most powerful women in the world, Oprah Winfrey, resonate at our ten-year celebration.  It reminds our staff, board of directors, sponsors and the thousands of volunteers, that our work is not in vain. We are grateful.”

To purchase sponsorships, tables or tickets for the event, please email or call (214) 709-4449.


Minnie’s Food Pantry was founded by Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson to honor her mother, the late Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing D.D. on April 1, 2008. With a mission to provide healthy meals and resources by way of red carpet treatment to those in need, Minnie’s Food Pantry has since distributed over six million meals to families experiencing food-insecurity. Find out more on the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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