Why this pizzeria is giving elderly Swedes free meatballs

A Swedish pizzeria is inviting pensioners to enjoy free meatballs in an effort to provide more company for lonely elderly citizens.

Why this pizzeria is giving elderly Swedes free meatballs
Adam Kurdsson, the owner of the pizzeria. Photo: Adams Pizzeria

Adams Pizzeria in Ljungbyhed, southern Sweden, will offer free meatballs and mashed potatoes to any pensioner who wishes to take them this Wednesday.

“I’ve seen so many lonely older people here in Ljungbyhed, it’s very sad. You see the same people again and again. So I wanted to do something for them,” owner Adam Kurdsson told The Local.

“It’s not about the food being free, it’s about giving people a chance to get out of the house and speak to one another,” he explained.

The only condition is that anyone who wishes to take part must let the restaurant know by the end of Tuesday, and plenty have already registered their interest.

“As of today I have 31 people who have contacted me to say they would like to come. People have come to me and thanked me for it too,” the owner said.

Kurdsson said he thinks more Swedish businesses should launch similar schemes in order to bring communities together, and this isn’t even the first time he has gone the extra mile for locals. A previous initiative at the pizzeria saw 150 recently arrived refugees invited for free pizza.

“I wanted to help people who were new and were finding it difficult to cook. It was wonderful, there were people crying because they were so happy,” he said.