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LUV MICHAEL TEAM

Luv Michael is a Non Profit 501c 3 organization that produces high quality organic, gluten-free, and nut-free granola without all the harmful chemicals and toxic allergens.

Our mission is to train, educate and employ people with Autism.

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Luv Michael is a Non Profit 501c 3 organization that produces high quality organic, gluten-free, and nut-free granola without all the harmful chemicals and toxic allergens. What started in September 2015 as a small home business hand making gluten free and nut free granola has grown into a professional food start up business distributing their delicious snackable granola to over 30 stores in the New York area including select Starbucks and Fresh and Co. and Wild by Nature.

The Liberatore and Kessaris family are working with autism specialists to develop an entire curriculum based upon the New York State food handler’s license and are dedicated to not only teach cooking and food safety but also all aspects of a small business including sales, marketing and customer service and distribution.

Luv Michael is truly a labor of love and is empowering the lives of our students whom we call ” granologists”.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to train, educate and employ people with Autism.

OUR STORY

Your purchase enables Michael and thousands of others with Autism to realize their true potential.

Meet Michael Kessaris, cook and inspiration for Luv Michael Granola. Michael’s new line of gluten-free and nut-free granola is taking its first delicious bite out of the fast-growing natural foods niche with distribution in the fifteen Manhattan locations of Fresh & Co. stores. In addition to meeting consumer demands for a high quality snackable granola in the growing market for nut-free and gluten-free foods, Luv Michael is part of an inevitable wave of career-finding solutions for those, like Michael, living with Autism.

On October 27, 2015, granola was prepared for Luv Michael.

For Michael and his team, producing the highest quality gluten-free and natural products was a logical tie-in; healthy dietary alternatives have been found to be beneficial to many with Autistic symptoms. Providing training and income for others on the Autistic spectrum became their mission. With the disability affecting 1 in 68 births and rising, employment for the maturing Autistic population has become an increasingly significant challenge for many. The success of Luv Michael is even more compelling, considering that employment for those on the Autistic spectrum is lowest among those with disabilities.

Finding a career was not easy for Michael, a Port Washington, NY native. Despite his love of cooking, Michael was unable to enroll in culinary school without a high school diploma. Michael’s parents, both physicians, Lisa Liberatore, MD and Dimitri Kessaris, MD, helped create the food based business so that their son and others with Autism would not be a burden on society or limited in their potential to lead happy and productive lives. They started Luv Michael under the parent company, Indigo Life, which represents a commitment for doing even more for the Autistic population.

The idea was born to make a healthful quality product that could provide income and a career for both Michael and other individuals with Autism. Luv Michael provides a therapeutic employment environment, which caters to the special needs of the employable Autistic person. Michael is now joined by Jonathan Drexler, a 23 year-old graduate of the Brookville Center for Children’s Services in NY. Jonathan was unable to get culinary training or employment, and has now found work in the Long Island City kitchen, home of Luv Michael.

Luv Michael’s mission is to “provide a meaningful culinary vocation for the Autistic population and to produce exceptional gluten-free and natural products.” So far, success is sweet for Luv Michael. With their first delivery of 500 bags of the 2-ounce “Grab and Go” Originola granola and a weekly commitment from Fresh and Co., sales and distribution are looking promising. With a new curriculum being developed, their mission is becoming a reality. Future plans for Luv Michael include expansion into retail stores in other cities and states. To find out more about Luv Michael, visit LuvMichael.com.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lisa A. Liberatore, MD FACS
Founder & President

Dimitri Kessaris, MD
Founder & Vice President

Stephen Kamen
Treasurer

Kimarie Diaz
Secretary

Paolo Cugnasca
Board Member

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Dr. Roslyn Haber, PhD

Dr. Joqueta Handy, PhD

Phil Silber

Alexander Kessaris

Elliot Merberg

George Kessaris

David M. Williams

Christina Liberatore

Father Constantine Lazarakis

Anastasia Lazarakis

Beth Mart

Heath Friar

Fergus Linskey

Kristel Morreale

Clare Davis

Sheila W. Marzouk, Au.D.

Anita Tesher

Tina Fairhurst

Marybeth Chugg

OUR FOOD

Luv Michael is an innovative company which produces the highest quality organic, gluten-free, and nut-free products located in Port Washington New York and founded in 2015 by Lisa Liberatore, MD and her son Michael. All of our products are created to address the growing awareness in both food allergies and other toxic agents found in many of our food items.

OUR PROCESS

Our company was formed around a 17-year old man diagnosed with Autism, who had a passion for cooking. All of our products are made by individuals with Autism from start to finish. Luv Michael has developed a food-based curriculum, which breaks down all the processes and procedures so that all of our employees can work efficiently in the kitchen in order to produce a quality product that they are proud of.

OUR PROFITS

Luv Michael is committed to creating and providing meaningful culinary jobs to the Autistic population. The profits from Luv Michael aid in the growth of our business and allow us to develop new training modules for our employees. Your purchase will allow us to train, educate and employ more individuals on the Autism spectrum.