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Food Bank helping seniors stay cool

The Utah Food Bank is working to keep seniors cool this summer with a program that can even buy new swamp coolers for elderly in need.

The Services for Seniors program helps about 800 seniors with their cooling systems, including repairing and maintaining the units.

Jim Pugh, executive director of the Utah Food Bank, says the help is critical because seniors, particularly those who are homebound, can be at risk during the hot summer months.

Cyndi Bemis, a spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Heath, says heat in the state hasn't caused any deaths in recent years. But she says heat-related illnesses send about 100 people a year to emergency rooms.

— Associated Press