RALEIGH (WTVD) --A local business owner started "Feed The Force" as a way to tell local law enforcement officers they are appreciated.
Yaniv Sharir owns O'Malley's. He said he's disappointed by all the negative things he's seeing people do toward police officers and he wanted to do something to show them something good from the people they serve.
"It doesn't matter if you own a business or you're home or you're out on the road - if something bad happens and you need help, you're going to dial 911. And they're going to come out and more than likely they're going to help you," he explained.
So he decided to offer officers a free meal at his restaurant September 4 and 5.
"At first I said, I have a restaurant, so once day I'm just going to open it up and feed uniformed police officers at no charge to show our appreciation - but then, how much can one restaurant do?" he said.
So Sharir went to his friends who own local restaurants to see if they would join him to Feed the Force and his campaign was launched. Now, nearly 90 restaurants are on board - from Mebane to Winterville and everything in between.
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"There are a lot of people who feel this way. I would even say the majority of the people feel this way, but the majority of the people don't always have the opportunity to let their voice be heard," he said.