by Photo by Manuel Ocaño

A coalition of activists and the San Diego Food Bank will give away up to $50 worth of gas and food to drivers Wednesday morning for residents making less than $75,000 a year.

The "Gas me up" initiative will take place from 7 to 10 in the morning until a fund of $15,000 in gasoline is exhausted, said the event's promoter, Shane Harris, president of the Popular Association of Defenders of Justice.

The event will be at the Arco gas station at 765 E Street in Chula Vista.

"There will be 16 vehicles going by at a time, and the Chula Vista Police will help us keep the event orderly," Harris said.

Harris said he had asked Gov. Gavin Newsom, and the California legislature to agree to help those most in need in the face of escalating gasoline prices.

"This is an emergency, and as the governor and legislature respond to us, we will put gas in the tanks and food in the trunks of low-income residents of the South Bay right now," Harris said.

According to attorney John Gomez, the event's main sponsor, and the son of a single mother who grew up in Chula Vista, he adjusted to the expenses, both for gas and food.

"I am well aware of the struggles families face these days," the car accident attorney explained his involvement.

Chula Vista councilmember Jill Gálvez praised that the "generous event will help many families in the city."

She said that working families suffer when facing the current cost of gasoline.

About 2,500 gallons of gasoline and food will be available at Wednesday's event at current fuel prices.

The coalition gave away 3,000 gallons of fuel on the first event like this.

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