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.
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.
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. Luv Michael now employs over 10 full time granologists that provide fresh granola to Starbucks, JetBlue, Fresh and Co, D’Agostino Supermarkets, Gristedes Neighborhood Grocers, Wild By Nature and over 60 other retailers.
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’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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Roslyn Haber PhD
Father Constantine Lazarakis
Michael Brown Esq.
Joqueta Handy, PhD
Anastasia Karloutsos Lazarakis
Mr & Mrs Fred Liberatore
Gabriella & Katarina Liberatore
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WE’RE BUILDING! HELP US BUILD THE LUV!
Our story is about to take a huge leap forward with the opening of our higher-capacity kitchen and learning center in the Tribeca section of New York City.
We hope you’ll join us by helping to spark the future of Autism-to-Work. Your support now will make a huge advancement in special needs work and development for years to come.
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 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.
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.