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Justin Bean leading grocery drive to aid those impacted by Irma

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While power has now been restored to every household in St. Petersburg, some families still struggle after having to throw out food spoiled during the outage following Hurricane Irma.

St. Petersburg City Council candidate Justin Bean wants to help those still in need, which is why he’s launched a grocery drive for families still affected by the storm’s aftermath.

Starting Thursday afternoon until Friday at 5 p.m., The Galley at 27 4th Street North will serve as a collection center for perishable, nonperishable, and even frozen food donations. All collected items will be distributed to families in need beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

“Once again The Galley has stepped in to help the citizens of St. Pete in their time of need”, said Bean. “After helping the residents of Childs Park in the immediate aftermath of the storm, I feel it is my duty to help provide meals to those who are still waiting on their next paycheck to restock refrigerators and freezers.”

Bean is running for the District 6 council seat, facing Gina Driscoll for the seat to be vacated by a term-limited Karl Nurse later this year. Bean was out of town Wednesday and missed the first organized political forum since last month’s primary.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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