Cheryl “Action” Jackson is a philanthropist with a story of triumph to tell. As a catalyst of change and champion of comeback, Cheryl “Action” Jackson discovered her life’s mission through unforeseen adversity and setbacks. From being homeless and hungry to providing almost 4 million meals to families through Minnie’s Food Pantry, a charity dedicated in honor of her mother, Minnie Ewing. Minnie’s Food Pantry values and esteems families by providing a “red carpet” experience when they come onsite to receive food. The BET Network was moved by Jackson’s efforts and awarded the 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!
Pioneering trailblazer, motivational speaker and a multi-million dollar fundraiser, Jackson walks her talk by delivering results whether through keynote speeches or corporate workshops. Her exemplary leadership and expertise have been shared from fortune 500 companies to large conferences. Her faith-fueled passion has fired up audiences in venues around the world.
Jackson’s humanitarian work and tireless contribution continues to be embraced, supported and celebrated across the country and around the world. 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 profiled in Essence Magazine. Her charity was also featured in The Food Network national documentary called 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!
Recently, Jackson was honored on Good Morning America and the megastar Rihanna and Jim Parsons came to work side by side with Jackson at Minnie’s Food pantry. She is a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and a writer for the Huffington Post. Jackson authored a memoir of her journey in the book “What in the World Are You Doing?”
Jackson resides in Texas with her husband of 30 years. She is a proud mother and grandmother. But at the end of the day, Cheryl’s critical mission is to be the voice for the hungry and to educate the world on how to treat someone that needs something as simple as a meal.
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