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 in the baskets marked SPAN. 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, contact 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.

Please see the SPAN display in the Fellowship Hall for more Information.

*SPAN is not giving out Easter Food Baskets in 2021. Please assist SPAN during this time by filling a “40 Days of Giving” bag which will be available on the SPUMC front porch between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday.

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.

*Please see the above information for changes to the Easter program in 2021.

Stride for SPAN

Stride for SPAN TURKEY 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 contact Francie or call SPAN at 410-647-0889.