RALEIGH (WTVD) --All day Sunday and Monday, North Carolina law enforcement officers have been eating for free at nearly 125 restaurants across the state.
It's part of the 'Feed the Force' movement which was started by a local business owner as a way to tell law enforcement officers they are appreciated.
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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's a really easy opportunity for a place like ours to show our appreciation," he said.
On Monday, his restaurant was able to treat a group of police officers to lunch. ABC11 was there as about a dozen officers stopped in. Regular customers took time away from their meals to show them their own appreciation.
"The community appreciates law enforcement and they're here to back us," said one of the officers.
Other restaurants and communities across the state have been posting pictures on social media with similar stories.
The Raleigh Olive Garden said they delivered lunch to the Holly Springs Fire Department and the Raleigh Police Department, among others.
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