Local businessman empowers customers to feed people who simply need a break

El Pollo Grill in Bonita is giving away meals
Posted at 5:33 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 00:30:51-04

BONITA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A South Bay business owner wants to feed one family a day because of a lesson his mother taught him years ago.  Victor Lopez owns the El Pollo Grill in Bonita said there’s only one caveat: Someone has to petition for someone else to get the meal. That person has to pick up the free meal and deliver it to the person in need.

“I want them to learn that they have to think about others before they think about themselves,” said Lopez, whose family also owns the El Pollo Grill in Lemon Grove.

“If I can give just a little bit, a percentage of what I have to somebody else, that’s what we should all be doing,” he said.

Lopez wants to give away one free meal a day to someone in need or someone who just needs a break.

“It could be a loss of a family member, it could be a loss of a job, it could be somebody going through some tough times,” he said.

Lopez is asking people to petition him through the El Pollo Grills’ Facebook page.  He’ll go through as many as he can, prepare the free meals, and have them ready for pickup.

The business owner said he got the idea recently when he remembered his mom doing something similar.  A friend’s father died and his mother took the family food.  That stuck with him.

“I just decided to follow in her footsteps,” he said. “It makes me feel good because I can provide.”