Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN) is an ecumenical community outreach program which was started by several Severna Park faith communities in 1990. Since then, SPUMC has supported SPAN with contributions of food, finances, and volunteers. We believe that those in need of emergency assistance should be helped with respect and dignity, and we work with SPAN to ensure that happens. SPAN provides assistance for utility bill cutoff notices, eviction notices, and prescription drug support. SPAN also has a food pantry on site. SPUMC folks can support SPAN through their monetary offerings to the church or by donating needed food items. A portion of each yearly SPUMC Missions budget is donated to SPAN.
We encourage you to turn your grocery shopping trips into service opportunities by adding a few food items to your cart for SPAN. Non-perishable food donations can be left at SPUMC in the “Go Out in Faith” corner of the Fellowship Hall. During summer months, consider sharing produce from your garden by dropping it off at SPAN located at 400 Benfield Road (behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church) between 10:00 and 2:00 on Monday to Thursday. For more information, email Francie or call SPAN at 410-647-0889.
In January of 2019, a VIM Team from SPUMC provided a major kitchen renovation for SPAN over the MLK holiday weekend. Our Youth’s annual Souper Bowl of Caring outreach also regularly supports SPAN.
Food Needed on a Regular Basis
Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pancake Mix, Syrup, Cold Cereal, Oatmeal
Canned Vegetables, Fruits, Meats; Chicken/Tuna/Ham, Soups, Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti Sauce,
Beans, Beef Stew, Juices, Boxed Potatoes, Rice, Pastas, Gravy Mixes
For a more extensive list of SPAN’s current pantry needs, check out their website
Easter Food Baskets
SPAN would like to provide special baskets of food at Easter to clients who need help providing an Easter Dinner for their family. A list of suggested food items is provided. Easter Meals should be delivered to SPAN on Monday, April 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM, and they will be distributed to the families on Tuesday, April 4th.
Please see the SPAN display in the Fellowship Hall for more Information.
Holiday Giving Programs
SPAN also runs three Holiday Giving programs – at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – in which needy families can sign up to receive baskets of food for holiday dinners, gifts at Christmas time, and Easter Baskets for the children at Easter. Those wishing to support families during these Holiday giving opportunities can call SPAN at 410-647-0889 to sign up.
Stride for SPAN
Stride for SPAN TURKET TROT is a 5K Race & 1-mile Fun Walk held yearly at Kinder Farm Park. Watch for more information each fall, and register to participate in this major fund-raising event for SPAN.
For more information email Francie or call SPAN at 410-647-0889.