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Program will try to keep local restaurants powered up after hurricanes

The idea is to make the select restaurants "community hubs" after storms where people can cool down, charge phones and get something to eat.

NEW ORLEANS — After Hurricane Ida swept through last summer, many went without power for weeks.  

That's why members of the Feed the Second Line organization launched "Get Lit Stay Lit."

It's a project that will work to turn hundreds of local restaurants into solar-powered community hubs. These solar-powered resilience restaurants would serve as feeding, cooling and charging stations.

There's also no carbon monoxide involved. And since the restaurants would be powered, they won't have to throw out all their food.

This cuts down on waste, but also prevents methane from polluting neighborhoods.  Members have recently helped to install solar panels on the Queen Trini Lisa restaurant in Mid-City, but they want to raise enough money to put one in every neighborhood. 

"We're really happy to do our first restaurant, but we want hundreds of these in New Orleans. Getting one done is a good start we want to show what's possible, but ultimately it's something our city should invest in," said Devin Dewulf with Feed the Second Line and the Krewe of Red Beans. 

A celebration for the "Get Lit Stay Lit" project will be held Tuesday at 12:45 pm at the Queen Trini Restaurant.

For more information on how to donate to help, you can visit feedthesecondline.org

The past two years, people in the New Orleans metro area have dealt with power outages of up to two weeks following Hurricanes Zeta and Ida. 

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