With this, we can create a de-centralized network of solar-powered resilient restaurants, or as we call them “Stay Lits.”
This way, when the Hurricane comes and knocks off the power, a Stay Lit restaurant can keep their freezers, ice machines, and refrigerators running.
Stay Lits can become the first responders for our community. Providing the best meals, cooling stations for elders, ice for elders, cell-phone charging stations, while helping fight food waste (which releases methane, a very harmful gas that is 10x worse than carbon dioxide).
We need these located in the areas of our city where folks are more likely to not evacuate (due to financial hardship). We all know that disasters reveal our nation's inequality. The poor can’t evacuate a hurricane as easily as the rich. They cannot afford a generator. They will be the first to become hungry.
Rather than a few food-locations around the city, we can pre-plan these solar powered resilient restaurants around the city—especially in the most vulnerable neighborhoods where there is a higher percentage of poverty (i.e. more people unable to evacuate). When other restaurants need to find a place to bring their food supply before it goes to waste we can solve that. When people need ice - ice machines can be working.
The best food in Louisiana is found in the mom n pop neighborhood spots. These can become resilient hurricane-ready restaurnts when we raise 60k for the installation of this technology—we also enable a restaurant to save hundreds of dollars each month on energy. Those savings can go towards helping create more and more resilient hurricane ready restaurants around the Gulf South and East Coast—fighting food waste, human suffering, and climate change. Food waste = releases methane and monthly energy savings can create built in funding streams.
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