Denny's Mobile Diner Deployed to Feed Residents Without Power in Stricken Louisiana

Residents in Louisiana still navigating the after-effects of deadly Hurricane Ida were treated to a plate of hot food as Denny's mobile diner headed to the disaster-stricken area.

The American diner rolled out its 53-foot truck, which serves as a mobile kitchen, and set off for the Pelican State.

Swathes of residents are still without power and others are homeless, after the category four storm hit the gulf coast on August 29.

At least 12 people were killed as homes, schools, hospitals and businesses were levelled in the fierce winds, with widespread flooding across the devastated state.

Louisiana's power grid took a battering in the storm, with data from Entergy, which operates power for most of New Orleans, revealing more power lines were hit during Ida's wrath than in Katrina, Ike, Delta and Zeta, combined.

As a result hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power and water, with fears mounting for the welfare of those picking up the pieces of their shattered lives in 90 degree Fahrenheit heat.

Speaking to Newsweek earlier this week, Louisiana Republican Representative Garret Graves said: "Electricity is literally the difference between life and death."

According to a map from PowerOutage.US, across 2,219,163 customers tracked, some 418,110 were without power on Tuesday.

That figure has dropped considerably from the 900,000 in the immediate aftermath of the storm, but Entergy has claimed some residents in the "hardest-hit" areas could be off-grid for weeks.

Our Mobile Relief Diner will return to the New Wine Christian Fellowship tomorrow from 7am-noon! We hope to see you then!

New Wine Christian Fellowship
1929 W. Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA pic.twitter.com/WgaWM0Ev0p

— Denny's Mobile Relief Diner (@DennysMRD) September 7, 2021

The mobile diner likely brought relief for some as it finally rolled into La Place on Monday, serving meals at the Riverlands Shopping Center.

It next appeared at the New Wine Christian Fellowship dishing out "hot and ready meals," while it's believed to be returning to serve food at the same location on Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to noon.

Photos shared on the official Twitter page for the mobile diner show queues of cars patiently waiting for food, while those who have received a hot meal give a thumbs up.

A spokesperson for Denny's confirmed the truck was "heading to Louisiana to support the thousands of residents impacted by Hurricane Ida," National Restaurant News quoted.

John Dillon, Denny's chief brand officer, told the site: "At Denny's, we love to feed people–mind, bodies and souls. We see the devastation in local communities impacted by Hurricane Ida and the mobile relief diner allows us to do what we do best by going out into local communities to offer a hot and comforting meal during a time when they could really use it the most."

Launched in 2017, the truck is intended to "quickly travel to feed those suffering in the wake of national disasters and emergencies..."

Newsweek reached out to Denny's for comment.

Denny's mobile relief diner.
Denny's mobile relief diner. The restaurant ha deployed its 53-foot truck to Louisiana to feed residents left without power following hurricane Ida. Denny's