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Raleigh restaurant owner hopes to spark nationwide effort to feed officers

Posted August 12
Updated August 15

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— A Raleigh restaurant owner says it's time to appreciate the good things local law enforcement officers do every day.

Yaniv Sharir, owner of O'Malley's Pub and Restaurant in Raleigh, is on a mission to spread some love with something every officer enjoys: a good meal.

Sharir has launched a campaign called Feed the Force to honor local law enforcement.

"I don't think these people get enough credit, and we want to shine a little light on them and pat them on the back and make them feel like the heroes that they are," Sharir said.

Sharir is recruiting DeMos and other local restaurants to offer free meals to officers in uniform Sept. 4 and Sept. 5.

"These guys deal with a lot, especially the way things are going these days," said DeMos co-owner Clay Adams. "These guys really have a lot of weight on their shoulders, so it's nice to come in with a comfortable environment where people really appreciate what they are doing for us."

Flying Burrito is another restaurant on board. Owner Jim Duignan would like to see Feed the Force grow beyond the Triangle.

"If we can get more and more local businesses involved and make it grow to the state and even beyond the state, that is something we would like to see," Duignan said.

Another element of the campaign is the sale of Feed the Force T-shirts.

Richard Puckett, co-owner of Progressive Graphics, donated more than 200 T-shirts. All proceeds from the shirts are going to the 200 Club of Wake County, a group providing financial help to families of fallen police officers.

"I know they're out there doing the best they can, and I think it's important for everyone to get behind them and show their support and show what they mean for our community," Puckett said. "They are very helpful—we would be lost without them."

Sharir will continue to knock on doors and would love for others to get involved.

"I would only ask anybody watching this would tell their favorite restaurants, or if they know any restaurant owners, that they would mention this to them and get them the opportunity to include themselves in this project," Sharir said. "Let's make this thing is big as we can."

If you would like to participate in Feed the Force, email feedtheforce@hotmail.com

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  • Jamie France Aug 13, 7:34 p.m.
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    I'm totally against this. If we are recognizing that LEOs are under paid, then we should work to raise their pay to appropriate levels, so they can go purchase dinner out, where ever they would like to eat. Giving them free dinners, while kindhearted, is like giving a sandwich to a homeless person - it makes you feel good, and helps them for a brief moment, but it doesn't address the problem.