Hundreds of people drive for 50 pounds of free food

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — With annual inflation at levels not seen in 40 years, hundreds of San Diegans flocked to Pechanga Arena on Tuesday for 50 pounds of free food.

The line for Feeding San Diego’s 18th “Together Tour” wrapped halfway around the arena’s outdoor parking lot, with drivers waiting more than 40 minutes for volunteers to load their trunks.

“It’s worth it because the prices of gas, food, everything are going up,” said Yadira Medal, a Chula Vista resident waiting in line. “It’s very difficult for us to be honest.”

Annual inflation in San Diego County is now 7.9%, levels not seen since the early 1980s. Grocery prices have risen 10%, while the price of gasoline rose 47% from March 2021 to March 2022. As COVID restrictions were lifted and unemployment returned to pre-pandemic levels, Feeding San Diego spokeswoman Alison Glader said the lines at distribution events have lengthened.

“It’s the gas prices that are so high, the food prices that are so high,” she said. “If we can at least help get food to people who need help, at least that’s one less thing they have to worry about with everything else right now.”

Glader said the food given out at the event should last a family of four for at least a week. Families of five or more members receive double this amount of food.

Feeding San Diego is hosting two other major feed events this week in eastern and southern counties.

Christy J. Olson