Several local businesses are stepping up to support the cause by offering meals to those who’ve been affected by closures from the coronavirus.

At Mangrove Mike’s Cafe in Islamorada, daily midday meals continue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., thanks to the many donations from the community. And just recently, Cargill’s Miami facility pitched in to help feed the residents of the Keys through a donation of just over 10,000 pounds of food to support the continuing meal drive.

Mike Forster, owner of Mangrove Mike’s and organizer of the daily meal drive, said he picked up chicken leg quarters, pork tenderloins, turkey breast sausage, beef patties and other meat items at the Port of Miami on Wednesday. All food donated by Cargill will assist in the daily, afternoon meals provided to residents not just in the Upper Keys, but also the whole island chain. 

In Tavernier, Twisted Shrimp, located at MM 87.7 oceanside, is helping those through the current hardship for a meal every Thursday and Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. In Key Largo, Harriette’s is providing breakfast to the unemployed daily from 9 to 11 a.m.

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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).