During the July 21 announcement event, Minnie’s Food Pantry and Whole Foods Cityline location employees filled the van to capacity with donated food products that will be going to community members experiencing food insecurity.
The truck was gifted to Minnie’s as part of the Whole Foods Market Nourishing Our Neighbors program. The program was launched in September of 2020 and has since donated 37 refrigerated vans to different food rescue organizations across the United States and Canada.
The two companies have been working together for 10 years, starting with an in-store fundraiser for the food pantry. Now, Minnie’s picks up food from three different Whole Foods locations per week.
With the new van, Minnie’s will be able to deliver a new variety of products like meat, produce and dairy to the people they serve through their programs. One of these programs, called “Minnie’s On the Go,” delivers food to senior citizens, veterans and the homeless.
Minnie’s was founded by Cheryl Jackson and named after her mother. It first opened in Plano on April 1, 2008 with a 500 square foot building, which has now expanded to over 28,000 square feet and four locations across Texas, New York and Pennsylvania.