Free lunch hosted July 25 at Texas Roadhouse for Special Olympics

Staff Writer
East Peoria Times-Courier

Law Enforcement Agencies around the state will join Texas Roadhouse to host a “free lunch” event. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25, Texas Roadhouse will open their doors and provide a limited menu, served by area Law Enforcement Officers. 

The meal will be free, diners will be asked to leave a donation on their table. 100% of the money donated will go to Special Olympics, Illinois. The money donated will benefit 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 4,000 young athletes (ages 2-7). 

This is the fourth year for the event, which has risen over $140,000 since 2011. The event rose over $43,000 statewide and over $8,000 at the East Peoria location last year.   

The menu will consist of: a pulled pork sandwich, made from scratch side, bread with honey-cinnamon butter, and a non-alcoholic beverage.  This year call ahead and carry out lunches will be available.

Locally, officers from the East Peoria Police Department, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Pekin Police Department, and Illinois State Police will be at Texas Roadhouse (600 Riverside Drive, East Peoria) serving meals, selling Special Olympic merchandise, and collecting donations.