Cheryl “Action” Jackson, the founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, got a little surprise Friday morning. Expecting to be interviewed as a finalist in a “Bring Home to Your Hometown” contest on ABC’s Good Morning America, she discovered instead that she won.
The news was given to her by Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons, the stars of the animated movie Home, which is due out March 27 — but Jackson will get a red-carpet premiere of the movie on March 17. Rihanna and Parsons will be at the premiere, as will director Tim Johnson, producers Mireille Soria and Suzanne Buirgy, and GMA correspondent Rachel Smith.
The 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation movie is about a loveable misfit from another planet who lands on Earth and forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Read the full synopsis here.
Jackson’s reaction —well, it’s a little surprising she didn’t hyperventilate. You can watch it here. Unfortunately, we can’t embed the GMA clip because of licensing restrictions. But watch this clip from WFAA/Channel 8’s Facebook page, and multiply it by about four minutes, and that will give you an idea of the reaction.
Jackson founded Minnie’s Food Pantry — named after her mother, who raised nine children — in 2008, using food from her own kitchen, per GMA’s report. Jackson is known for the red-carpet treatment she gives her own clients at Minnie’s, and for the food pantry’s upbeat approach. From there it grew into a family-run nonprofit that has fed 4 million meals to the community.
On GMA, Parsons announced that DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind Home, will provide a donation for the food bank to feed 25,000 people.
Jackson’s work has been acknowledged by such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey and former Dallas resident Steve Harvey, among many others (check out her impressive bio — not for nothing is “Action” her middle name). She was also featured on KDFW/Channel 4’s “Hometown Heroes” series with Clarice Tinsley. Check out the clips below.