MONTECITO, Calif. — Today is National Olive Day, celebrating the ways in which olives enrich people’s lives via food, oil and tea.
With numerous families impacted by COVID-19, Bel Lavoro Olive Orchards will celebrate this holiday by donating 100% of all sales today to Feed America - the nationwide network of 200 food banks - through the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
Over the past 10 years, Bel Lavoro has been planting and pruning nearly 350 olive trees from their property in Montecito.
Today, co-owners Kim Branum and Brandon Jones hoped to celebrate the holiday by giving back to their community.
“We want to do everything we can to share our passion with our community,” Bel Lavoro co-owner Brandon Jones said. “So on this great day that we love to celebrate generally, we want to celebrate with our city.”
“It allowed us to bring the entire community together for giving to the Foodbank,” Bel Lavoro co-owner Kim Branum said.
Along with their proceeds from today’s sale, Bel Lavoro will be donating an additional $20,000 to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
“We’re so excited for Bel Lavoro to be supporting us on national Olive Day,” Foodbank of Santa Barbara County development coordinator Lauren Coiro said. “They’re bringing attention to the fact that so many people in Santa Barbara are relying on the Foodbank for support right now.”