Meal Providers

Experience first-hand the small town atmosphere of volunteering with ECHO. Serving meals is a hands-on, interactive experience. ECHO serves meals to about 80 hungry people 365 days of the year. This requires a lot of volunteers to prepare and serve the hot dinners. The meals can be homemade or purchased. We welcome organizations or individuals to come and help. Dinner is served every night between 5-6:00pm and normally requires 2-3 people to serve it to the guests. Opportunities in this area can include serving one week out of the year, one day every month, or simply helping fill in the days that are needed. You decide when you or your organization can serve and what type of warm meal you will serve, and we provide the hungry people to finish it up. Please Note: The meals are not cooked at ECHO. They need to be brought to the shelter already prepared. However, the ECHO kitchen may be used to warm-up a dish before serving. Currently we have 45 groups who serve at ECHO; however, we need more! Please call 462-3663 if you can help!



  1. Melissa Danehey

    I am interested in providing cooked meals, possibly one or two days each month and would like a little more information- for example, how many people would I need to prepare for? Also, would I be able to bring in healthy snacks and/or breakfast for people to take out with them? Thanks!

  2. Alvaro Cota

    Hello, my name is Alvaro Cota , I am a student at Del Rio Continuation School, and i am working on a project for my class and I choose to help out the Homeless in our town. So I was wondering if I could volunteer as a meal provider for day to learn the struggles of the people in need. I just wanted you guys to now that I am 17. So if you could please get back to me.

    1. Robin Smith

      Hello Alvaro,
      Thank you for writing and caring about the issue of homeless in our community! Since you are 17 and still in high school, you would not be able to serve as a meal provider. We have this policy so that a homeless high school student does not come into contact with a fellow classmate. It could be very embarrassing for the student, you know what I mean? I would recommend emailing Eloisa, our case manager. Her contact information is on the website. Perhaps you could do a brief interview with her? She works with our homeless clients to get them back into housing. She’s a very busy lady, but knows so much about what homeless individuals and families with children are going through. Once again, Alvaro, thanks for caring.

      On another note, we have a fundraising event in August called Long Walk Home. Perhaps you could develop a group of concerned teens to raise money to support the shelter? Maybe this could be a class project? You could learn about what happens at the shelter, develop a message campaign, and ask for donations or do your own fundraiser? We could honor you and your classmates in August and share with the dignitaries and crowd how much money you raised. Anyway, just some ideas! If you do want to pursue this, I could come to your class and talk about the homeless we serve.

      Robin Smith
      ECHO Volunteer

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