For a quarter century Madera resident Girtha Williams has made it her task to help ensure Maderans in need don’t go hungry. Whether she’s carefully packing vegetables, canned goods and other food in boxes, meticulously keeping track of recipients’ eligibility paperwork or giving hugs, Williams has been an asset to the community, said Michelle Ruiz, the manager of the Madera County Food Bank.
Williams started volunteering in Madera when she moved here in 1989. She donated her time working in an assembly-line-type effort with the Chowchilla Share program, which was a donated food distribution site, Williams said.
When that program ceased and the Madera County Food Bank was formed in 1995, Williams got on board with the nonprofit organization.
For nearly 20 years, Williams has been the go-to person in Fairmead for people who find themselves in need of a hand-up, said food bank director Ryan McWherter. Every third Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Fairmead, the Madera County Food Bank distributes boxes of food...