Oprah Winfrey helps North Texas food pantry celebrate 10 years

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Oprah Winfrey made a stop in North Texas on Tuesday to celebrate a milestone for a local pantry.

Minnie's Food Pantry is marking 10 years with a star-studded gala that has Oprah as the keynote speaker.  The tenth annual Just Feed One Gala celebration began at 7 p.m.

Dr. Cheryl Jackson started the mission in her mom's memory, hence the name Minnie's. It began small and has grown into a nationally recognized non-profit.

The centerpiece hotel at The Star in Frisco began getting ready earlier. On the street, everybody seemed to know Oprah was on the way, including a retiree Dallas Cowboys legend.

“She's going to be the next president,” said former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson. “I've been a fan of Oprah as far as what she means to a lot of people who look up to her, including myself. She's a giver.”

Oprah and a host of other celebrities were at the event.

"A lot of people are passionate and cannot follow that passion with execution. So she is both passionate and knows how to execute," Oprah said about Dr. Jackson's work. "And so when you know how to execute, I am in the position in that I can now help you lift yourself. Because what I can't do is give you a handout and then expect you to lift yourself up."

The serious part of it all is an issue that affects families, children, the elderly. People are challenged with having enough food to eat, and Minnie's Pantry has distributed over 7 million meals to those in need.