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Lourdes Unversity
24-Hour ‘Fill the Freezer’ Casserole Marathon benefits those in need
In commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Friday, January 17, 2020, Lourdes University’s Mission and Ministry Office is hosting “Fill the Freezer” 24 Hour Marathon. Starting at 3pm, Lourdes students, faculty, and staff will work shifts making casseroles over a 24-hour period. The casserole marathon benefits the university’s weekly Toledo Labre project. For the past two years, they have surpassed their annual goal of 125 casseroles.

“The ‘Annual Fill the Freezer’ marathon allows us to more quickly restock supplies and continue offering warm, nutritious food during the cold winter months,” says Sister Barbara Vano, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning. The “Fill the Freezer” marathon is part of the university’s commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Donations accepted

Casserole and casserole ingredient donations are accepted from now through January 19. To arrange a donation or for more information, contact Sister Barbara Vano at or 419.824.3861. To learn more about the Lourdes University Mission and Ministry Office, visit


Toledo Labre Project

Inspired by Benedict Joseph Labre, the patron saint of homeless individuals, the weekly Toledo Labre outreach project brings food, friendship and faith to those in need in two Toledo neighborhoods. Each Wednesday at 4 p.m., Lourdes students gather at the university’s San Damiano Campus Ministry House to prepare casseroles, sandwiches, and snacks and hot chocolate or lemonade. The students joined by other members of the Lourdes community then load up two vans and deliver their good cheer, thoughts and scrumptious food and drink.


The Toledo Labre Project was initiated in the Toledo area.

Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419.885.3211. 

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