Known for: The Rev. Dan Madigan, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Clarksburg, founded the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS) and helped run the program for 30 years.
Background: Madigan was born in Limerick County, Ireland. He attended high school and seminary in that country. He was ordained in June 1964 for the Diocese of Sacramento and ministered in Del Paso Heights. He was assigned to Sacred Heart Church in east Sacramento in 1972. Four years later, he was appointed to Immaculate Conception Church in Oak Park, where he started the food bank. In 1987, the operations moved to the site of the old Arata Bros. grocery store at 34th Street and Third Avenue. By working 17-hour days, Madigan grew it into one of Sacramento's largest nonprofits, raising $7.3 million in 2005 and ministering to thousands every year. The enterprise has grown to feature more than a dozen services, including a clothes closet, child services and a computer clubhouse.
A highlight: Thursday's Run to Feed the Hungry, which benefits the SFBFS, has grown every year since it debuted in 1994. Last year's event raised more than $500,000.
-- Anthony Sorci