by Photo by Manuel Ocaño

A coalition gave away low-income residents of Chula Vista and the rest of the South Bay up to $50 worth of gas and groceries to help them cope with rising fuel prices.

Drivers made long lines of vehicles that passed orderly from the parking lot near the gas station located on E Street in Chula Vista, near Interstate 5.

Each driver received about eight gallons of regular gas, based on Wednesday's average price of $6.23 a gallon.

According to event promoter Rev. Shane Harris, president of the People's Association Of Defenders of Justice, the "Gas me up" initiative ran from 7 a.m. to just before 10 a.m. until a $15,000 gas fund was depleted.

Attorney John Gomez was the event's main sponsor, and coordinated fuel delivery. 

Chula Vista councilmember Jill Gálvez directed vehicles into the gas station.

Gomez and Gálvez have commented that working families in Chula Vista and the South Bay are among the hardest hit by rising fuel prices in San Diego County.

It is the coalition's second fuel delivery. They delivered 3,000 gallons of gasoline and food from the San Diego Food Bank on the first occasion.

According to Harris, Gov. Gavin Newsom intends to give $400 to drivers to help with the price of fuel until next July. In the meantime, working families need support.

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