Taco Johns give away meals to elderly
Starting immediately, Taco John's of Concordia will give away free meals to elderly residents.
"We will serve any elderly individual who calls in," said manager Barrett Jones. "The free meal is a taco and oles, and we only ask that they limit it to two meals per vehicle."
The idea is the brainchild of Brad Paxton, who along with Matthew Keiser, are partners in Paxton/Keiser Enterprises. They own nine Taco John's in five states.
As the COVID-19 crisis began to spread, placing elderly individuals at the high-risk level, Paxton and Keiser stepped in.
On March 18, at their stores in Kentucky, they began offering free meals to any senior citizen in need. The idea was an immediate success. The very next day, Paxton and Keiser began offering the same service at their Taco John’s locations in Iowa and Missouri.
To date, they have given away more than 1,000 free meals to senior citizens.
"We're new owners of the store in Concordia," Paxton said, "and we believe strongly in making sure local folks in the community are taken care of. The elderly are the most vulnerable to COVID-19."
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Paxton/Keiser Enterprises may be relatively new to the Taco John's franchise business, but their dedication and concern for the communities they serve is deeply rooted.
According to Paxton, the free meal giveaway will last "for the foreseeable future, as long as we're able to support it."
Paxton’s hope is for society to gain a greater appreciation for the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think senior citizens get ignored a lot, and this is something that says we’re paying attention to you."
"I'm so excited to be working with these new owners," said Concordia Taco John's manager Jones. "I think we're going to see a lot of good things come from Taco John's in the future."
The phone number at the Concordia Taco John's is (785) 243-4335.
“I think senior citizens get ignored a lot, and this is something that says we’re paying attention to you,” Paxton said.