Restaurants thank police with free Labor Day meal

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There’s a growing movement aimed at providing a way to say “thanks” to local law enforcement officers this Labor Day.

The “Feed the Force” effort will not only provide local cops with a free meal but it will also raise money for a charity that helps families of law enforcement officers who lost a loved one.

The owner of O’Malley’s, a small local pub off Glenwood Avenue, came up with the big idea. “Let’s take a day to say thank you to our uniformed law enforcement,” he said.

Now he’s found that restaurants all over the area want to join in too.

Yaniv Sharir, the owner of O’Malley’s, said the idea came to him while he was riding his bike.

He thought providing free meals to uniformed law enforcement on Labor Day weekend was a good idea. Through a Facebook page and word of mouth, more than 50 other restaurants have jumped on board.

“I ask everyone I talk to to spread it to someone else,” Sharir said. “We tell them if you see a restaurant that’s not participating, ask them if they’ll join and they usually do.”

Not only does he have places in Raleigh who’ll feed the force but he’s got restaurants in Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina joining in.

He says he’d love to see it become a national effort on Labor Day weekend, saying the time is right for this.

“Feed the Force” t-shirts have been printed.

The shirts, which were donated by a printer, will be sold on Labor Day weekend with 100 percent of the profits going to the 200 Club of Wake County, which provides assistance to any family who lost someone in the line of duty.

For more information, go to the Feed the Force Facebook page or email

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