ROGERS PARK — For the eighth year in a row, police in Rogers Park are teaming up with Tapas Valencia in the South Loop to give Chicagoans in need a free traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The Rogers Park Community Alternative Policing Strategy Office, or CAPS, is asking residents across the city to RSVP by Nov. 14 to the 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day event at 1530 S. Michigan Ave.
The invitation applies to anyone who is in need of a free meal, including the homeless, those who might be eating alone, people with special needs, the elderly, people and families experiencing financial duress and more, police said.
Those interested should email Mayra Gomez, a community organizer with the Rogers Park Police, at Mayra.Gomez@chicagopolice.org. Transportation will not be provided.
"This is for people who may not get the chance to have a warm, traditional Thanksgiving meal otherwise," Gomez said.
The goal is to feed at least 1,000 city residents at the restaurant that day, Gomez said, adding that Tapas Valencia's sister restaurant, Naperville's Meson Sabika, is participating in the program as well.
Between the two locations, Gomez said she hopes to reach about 3,000 people.
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