Local restaurant to give free meals to first responders

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Steve McKinney is the general manager for Olive Garden on Washington Road. While the restaurant will be open on Labor Day, some of his staff will be working in a different capacity.

"Starting tomorrow during Labor Day, we're trying to give back to all our first responders, so we're doing a hospitaliano visit," McKinney said.

That visit will include going to both a police station and fire station and offering them a free meal.

"It's just really our way of saying thank you because everyday thousands of men and women put their lives on the line for us and something as basic as giving them a meal as our thank you is all we can do," said Jackie Stewart, the staffing and training manager of the same Olive Garden.

McKinney said it will take a few hours to prepare the meals but they won't just be delivering them. They will serve the first responders and fellowship.

"We're just a local restaurant, that's part of the community," McKinney said. "We want to let everyone know how much we appreciate our police staff and our fire department, for everything they do, day in and day out for us."