Vehicles lined up at Tavernier Towne Center on May 7 as Florida Keys Farm and Mangrove Mike’s Endeavors, in collaboration with Farm Share, fed some 500 individuals and families.

Bags of produce, packages of pork and bottles or orange juice were among the food items that were placed into car trunks by volunteers throughout the morning and afternoon. Once they received their fresh produce and meat, they received a hot meal courtesy of Mike Forster and Mangrove Mike’s Endeavors.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Fire Rescue and Candice McCarthy stayed busy directing traffic and informing drivers to have their trunks open and windows up for the safety of all.

Forster and McCarthy say they’re grateful for Tavernier Towne Center and Commodore Realty Inc. for allowing them to host the event at their location.

To learn more about Mangrove Mike’s Endeavors, visit To learn more about Florida Keys Farm & Market Co-op, visit Florida Keys Farm Facebook page.




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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).