|Luv Michael Originola|
Michael Kessaris is the inspiration for the non-profit Luv Michael. He is an 18 year old with autism who has a passion for cooking. Finding a career was not easy for Michael, a Port Washington, New York 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 be active participants in society and lead happy, productive lives.
The idea was born to make a healthy, quality product that could provide income and a career for both Michael and other individuals with autism. Education is critical to Luv Michael’s mission and a custom curriculum is being created to foster learning and teach key skills to help those enrolled become employable.
So far, success is sweet for Luv Michael. The 2-ounce snackable Originola Granola can be found in all New York Fresh & Co., Café Metro and Wild by Nature stores as well as select Starbucks and at local stores in Southampton, New York and throughout Delaware. Luv Michael is expanding daily with hopes of sharing the LUV in all 50 states.
At Luv Michael, they create snackable, granola using the finest organic ingredients. Every bite delivers just the right amount of yum and crunch to give you a tasty, healthy way to get through your day.
Each batch is hand mixed and packed by hard working individuals with Autism who we like to refer to as our “Granologists.” By empowering “Granologists” with living wages and independent life skills, we are able to deliver a product that tastes good and does good too. Now how cool is this company!?
The granola tasted great! It was packaged well and all I did was break a piece off and ate it right out of the bag! It was crunchy and tasted sweet. I love that the Originola is Non-GMO, Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and all organic ingredients. This was a 2oz package and is only 200 calories! I love the fact that this company helps individuals with Autism. That is why I decided to go back to college so I can be licensed to teach so that young children with special needs can be taught so that they thrive to want to work and make their own money and I know that it starts with the foundation when they are young and I want to be apart of that.
I love that their mission statement is printed on the back of every bag! Their mission statement states, "Luv Michael produces the highest quality, gluten-free and nut-free granola, providing meaningful culinary jobs to the Autistic population." Let us help support meaningful companies that are truly making a difference in helping to create jobs for individuals with Autism! (( Share the luv ))
If you would like more information on this amazing company, please feel free to contact them at www.luvmichael.com. Also follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/luvmichaelco and Instagram at https://instagram.com/luvmichaelco.
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