Adoption Initiative: The Green Olive Project


To celebrate our 6th year in business, the owners of My Greek Orchard are donating 6% of our TOTAL ANNUAL SALES (online, retail, and wholesale) to Green Olive Project, a fund they created to aid families with adoption.

Adoption is a cause the My Greek Orchard owners are passionate about because of parallel childhood experiences. Both originally from Greece, Mr. Jimmy Pappas and Mr. Sam Efthimios Calloway, each made it to the United States at different ages through adoption. While the similarities of their adoption story ends there, both believe they would not be where they are today if it wasn't for the love, encouragement & support of their adopted families. Because of this, it has been a dream of the partners to donate a percentage of their earnings to a deserving family looking to adopt.

Adoption can lead to opportunities and experiences that the adoptee may not have had otherwise. Adopted children are more likely to have better educational and personal success due to the financial security and support of their adoptive parents. Unfortunately, the process of adopting is lengthy and extremely expensive!  Now, with 6% of our total annual proceeds going straight to the Green Olive Project, we hope to alleviate as much of the financial burden as possible for the adopting families. Our longterm goal is write a larger check every year, increasing a percentage point annually to coordinate with the number of years we have been in business.


The "Green Olive" Name

You may be asking, "what do 'green olives' have to do with adoption?" Well, did you know there are no "green olive trees”? In fact, the color of an olive is usually an indication of its ripeness. As olives ripen they transform from green to light brown, to a vibrant reddish purple, and finally to the deepest, darkest black. Generally speaking, the darker the olive, the riper it was when plucked from the treeThus, "Green Olives" are just young olives that have not had the chance to mature yet. Likewise, a child eligible for adoption has yet to find the parents and/or family that will nurture, encourage, & support them into adulthood. 

We would not be able to do any of this without the continued support and loyalty of you, our amazing customers! Keep an eye out in the coming months as we show our appreciation for our customers with corresponding promotions. After all,  the more olive oil we sell, the more money we can give away!