IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Every year, Michael Kors launches a new campaign for Watch Hunger Stop, the brand’s hunger-fighting initiative. We do it to support the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the life-changing school meals they provide children around the globe. This year, with travel restricted, we turned to our own employees, who volunteered to go public for a cause many have supported behind the scenes for years. As we’ve said before, food is love. We’re proud to share the love, the commitment and the faces of our dedicated team with you.

NAME:

Jillian Taub

ROLE:

Senior Media Planner, International

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

I’ve never worked at a company where philanthropy is as big a part of the mission as it is at Michael Kors. I thought it was a great cause that I wanted to be a part of.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

Food bringing family together.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My boyfriend, because he is just as excited to eat as I am and he always wants to try everything.

NAME:

Lisa Slavin

ROLE:

Director, Global Merchandising for MMK Accessories

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

I think it’s so important. It’s our obligation and responsibility to give back to those who are less fortunate.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

Food is the ultimate form of love. It brings people together, it creates connection, and it also provides nourishment to our bodies.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My parents. There’s nothing that makes my mom happier than cooking a meal for me, and again, it’s all made from love.

NAME:

Mark Mayer

ROLE:

Senior Video Producer

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

I love what Michael and the company are doing to stop hunger.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

Sharing. I always use food to connect with friends and family whenever I can.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My wife. Who better?

NAME:

Regina Barlet

ROLE:

Manager, Customer Data and Activation

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

Through school and previous careers, I worked with hunger programs, so this was kind of a natural progression. Watch Hunger Stop is a program that makes me very proud to work for this organization.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

There’s this Michael quote that I really like and he says that school meals change children’s lives. It’s really that simple.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My boyfriend, Brian.

NAME:

Delja Revander

ROLE:

Product Setup Coordinator, Digital Commerce & Strategy

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

It’s a campaign that I know very well. I’ve helped to launch some of the products. And I believe that children should have enough nourishment to sustain themselves daily.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

When I cook, I cook with love.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My partner in crime: my mom.

NAME:

Michael Sanchez

ROLE:

Senior Manager, Fashion Stylist

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

I think it’s really important for people to give back to their communities if they can.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

Connecting people regardless of their race, their background, their sexuality. It has the power to bring together communities.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

Anyone from my family. I’m the youngest of four and I have a big family, so any meal that we get to share together is my favorite.

NAME:

Dinesh Kandiah

ROLE:

Divisional Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

This campaign means so much to me. It reminds me of friends and family coming together.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

Connection, especially during this time when we are so far away from the ones we love.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My chosen family, which would be a combination of my best friends.

NAME:

Melissa To Gallagher

ROLE:

Vice President, Global Learning & Development and Communications

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

Growing up, my parents would always say, “There are kids around the world who don’t have anything to eat. Eat your dinner.” And it never really meant that much to me as a child. But when I grew up and had a family of my own, I started thinking about all of the children and people around the world that go to bed hungry every night, and it’s unacceptable.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

It’s not about the food itself. It’s about the bond that sharing a meal creates, it’s about finding common language and it’s about demonstrating your love for someone through cooking or sharing a meal versus just saying “I love you.”

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My children. I find that with the hustle and bustle of life, we don’t get to do it that often, but when we do, I learn what’s going on in their lives, what their interests are, and we just have really good conversations.

NAME:

Elliot Tolkin

ROLE:

Associate Project Manager, Creative Services

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

I’ve been so inspired by what Michael has done, and what the company has done, in regards to hunger. So when I had a chance to personally be involved and volunteer, I was eager to sign up.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

Food is a basic human right and we must insure that all people, and I mean all people, have access to it. What I love so much about the Watch Hunger Stop campaign is that we are literally feeding the future.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

All three of my siblings. I have two brothers and one sister and every time we sit down for a meal together, it’s always filled with laughs and love.

NAME:

Tre Miles

ROLE:

VIP Coordinator

I VOLUNTEERED BECAUSE:

It’s a cause I believe in and I know that when I’m working with this team and working with this company, we can do great things for those in need.

TO ME, “FOOD IS LOVE” MEANS:

An opportunity to break down walls and barriers between us and others.

I LOVE SHARING A MEAL WITH:

My sister, Aja. She’s my go-to, always.