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"And there's always room for more," McAdams said, noting that one in six Utah seniors is facing hunger this year.
"The rising costs of fuel, prescription medicine and health care often force low-income seniors to choose between food and other basic needs," McAdams added. "This causes significant hardships for isolated, homebound Utahns who can't make it to a food bank."
By year four, 40 workers had jumped onboard, reducing the weekly rotation to once per month. Such teamwork has helped forge relationships between departments within the company, Atwood said of surprise side benefits that result from corporate volunteerism. However, the volunteers also serve as eyes and ears for the seniors they serve, she added.
"We've had a lot of opportunities to help someone get their furnace started or chase their dogs down the street," Atwood said.
"One time I fixed a window," Huff said of the surprise needs she encounters.
Cirris Systems got its start in 1984, said Brent Stringham, business development director for the company that employs 53 people at its West Valley City home office.
"We really have a clan type of situation here," Stringham said of the tight-knit work community that often plays and volunteers together.
Salt Lake County has administered meals on wheels for more than 40 years, said Aging Services Director Sarah Brenna.
"We deliver about 6,800 meals a week to 1,400 seniors," Brenna said, noting that "we were one of the first in the nation to implement the program."
McAdams said he hopes to expand volunteer participation in the program.
"We're not asking for money," McAdams said. "We're asking for time."
To learn more, go to http://www.aging.slco.org or call 385-468-3201.