February 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Power restored at Puerto Rico HIV/AIDS organization

Bill's Kitchen, gay news, Washington Blade

An employee of Bill’s Kitchen, a San Juan-based organization that prepares meals for people with HIV/AIDS, puts diesel into a generator on Jan. 30, 2018. Utility crews the next day restored electricity to Bill’s Kitchen, which had had not had power since Hurricane Irma brushed Puerto Rico nearly five months ago. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Utility crews on Wednesday restored electricity to an organization that prepares meals for Puerto Ricans with HIV/AIDS.

Bill’s Kitchen, which is based in the Hato Rey neighborhood of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, had not had electricity since Hurricane Irma brushed the U.S. commonwealth on Sept. 7.

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 with winds of 155 mph.

Large swaths of the island remain without electricity more than four months later. Periodic blackouts continue to occur in areas that have had their electricity restored.

A large diesel-powered generator had powered one of Bill’s Kitchen’s two large walk-in freezers. Bill’s Kitchen was also using a smaller diesel-powered generator to provide electricity to its first floor pantry.

Food and Friends in D.C. donated $35,000 to Bill’s Kitchen in order to replace the large generator that has broken down in recent weeks. Bill’s Kitchen Executive Director Sandy Torres told the Washington Blade on Tuesday during an interview at her office that the generator was scheduled to arrive this week.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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