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.