ECHO, a not-for-profit corporation, is not subsidized by either the county, state or federal government.
"Therefore, we rely heavily on donations from local residents, businesses and community organizations to be able to continue to grow and serve our community," Gulgert said.
Meals are delivered five days a week. Mid-day warm meals cost $3.75, frozen meals cost $2 and bag lunches cost $1.50. The frozen meals provide those in need with food on the weekends and holidays.
Gulgert said ECHO survives on its own fundraising efforts and thanks to its dedicated volunteers, who assist in both the preparation and delivery of meals. Within the entire operation, ECHO has only two paid employees - who are both the main cooks and coordinators.
"We've got 192 volunteers. That says something about the people that we have in these areas," Gulgert said. "I think the western suburbs are a close knit community. Most of our volunteers are retired people and they want to serve the community and give back."
To sign up to have Meals on Wheels delivered to your home, or to become a volunteer, call 487-2878. You can also learn more online at www.townofcamillus.com.