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Eat at Little Carmine's Now Through April 17, Tag Them, and They Will Donate $2 to SPAN

Order your meal from Little Carmine's now through 4/17, and post a picture of your meal, and check in to tag them, or leave them a review, and they will donate $2 to SPAN each time! Now you can have your Little Carmine's meal delivered by DoorDash, with no-contact delivery. They also carry beer and wine. This is a win-win, and their food is delicious!

Emergency Food Available at SPAN and Updated Hours


(please knock – door will remain locked)

Mondays 10-12

Thursdays 10-12

Food is also available in our outdoor bin 24/7.  Follow the gravel driveway behind our house. Take what you need, but be courteous of others!  Please wait your turn and keep 6-ft. distance from others. Plastic bags are in container in bin. Wash your hands as soon as you can.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

For non-food urgent needs, email

Visit our website at

Call 211 for more resources in Maryland.


Donors: We are in need of cleaning supplies, TP, and hand sanitizer! We could also use laundry detergent, jelly, pancake mix, and syrup. You may drop off donations in the same bin referenced above, or email us at to make other arrangements to drop things off. We are also in need of financial donations to help families with utility shutoffs, prescriptions, and evictions. We anticipate an increased need from families who are out of work due to the virus and its associated restrictions. You may donate online here:
Check our wish list if you want to know our current needs:

SPAN-A-THON Fundraiser Will Earn Matching Funds Through April 15 to Help Those Hurt by the Coronavirus

In an effort to prepare for an anticipated increase in demand for assistance once #coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, we have launched a fundraiser - the SPAN-A-THON - which will run through April 15. A generous benefactor has pledged to donate 100% matching funds up to $2,500 during the length of this initiative. So far the response from our community has been very generous. (No surprise there!) Thank you Gary Biedenkapp of Bay Area Appraisers for kicking off this drive with a very generous donation! And thanks to the others who have also donated. One hundred percent of the funds raised between now and April 15 will be used to help local families with utility turnoffs and eviction prevention. We are #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors

Your tax-deductible donation can be sent easily from your phone or computer by clicking:

SPAN is Beneficiary of Severna Park Giant Community Bag Program for April

SPAN has been selected as the beneficiary of the Severna Park Giant Community Bag Program for April! Each time this $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Severna Park Giant Food (573 Ritchie Hwy., next to Kohls) during the month of April, SPAN will receive a $1 donation.
The bags are available at various registers and at the reusable bag rack. If you are having trouble finding the bag, ask the store manager where the Giant Food Community Bag is located and they will be happy to show you!
Thank you Severna Park Giant Food! You have been incredibly generous to SPAN over the years, and we appreciate this additional help during these trying times!

Emergency Food Available at SPAN - Updated Hours

It has been encouraging to see an outpouring of offers of help from the community during these scary times. At SPAN we are taking things one day at a time. We have modified our operations so that clients are able to get food without any direct human contact. There is a tall waterproof bin behind the SPAN house which we have stocked with emergency food that is available to anyone who needs it. There is cereal, oatmeal, Ramen noodles, mac & cheese, soup, canned vegetables, bars of soap, and other essentials. We will be restocking this makeshift pantry periodically. Check SPAN's Facebook page for updates: SPAN Facebook Page

Clients with needs besides food: We will be checking our email during our normal operating hours. Please contact us at if you need other help. 

Donors: We are in need of cleaning supplies, TP, and hand sanitizer! We could also use jelly, pasta sauce, pancake mix, syrup, shampoo, syrup, and travel-size toiletries. You may drop off donations in the small bin labelled donations, which is next to the large food bin, or email us at to make other arrangements to drop things off. We are also in need of financial donations to help families with utility shutoffs, prescriptions, and evictions. We anticipate an increased need from families who are out of work due to the virus and its associated restrictions. You may donate online here:
Check our wish list if you want to know our current needs:


SPAN is Here to Help During the State of Emergency Caused by the Coronavirus

PLEASE NOTE: We are making decisions one day at a time, and will modify our operations based on recommendations of the Maryland Department of Health. Please check SPAN's Facebook page for our most current updates. SPAN Facebook Page

To our friends and followers: SPAN is committed to serving its community in a way that will maximize benefits while minimizing risk during the coronavirus state of emergency. We will operate during our normal hours, from 10:00am to 1:30pm, until further notice. However, our doors will remain locked. We will conduct transactions through our window, and will streamline the assistance process.

MyBGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges until at least May 1. Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has suspended water turnoffs indefinitely. The Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office is not enforcing evictions during this state of emergency.

We anticipate money being our most pressing concern because many local families will be out of work because of layoffs or to care for their children who are home from school. When this crisis is over, we will probably have a large demand for financial assistance with utility shutoffs and evictions.

For the present time, our pantry is well stocked, and we can prepare food bags that clients can pick up from our back porch after they have "checked in." Existing clients and new clients should call first to make sure we can help them. 410-647-0889. We have hand sanitizer and gloves for our personal use, so we will ensure that all food is kept safe. Our food areas are Severna Park, Millersville, Broadneck, and Arnold. We can offer emergency food to those who have no other source. 

Check our facebook page for updates. 

Please check our Amazon wish list if you'd like to donate needed items:…

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Kathy Berge Named President of SPAN's Executive Board of Directors

Kathy Berge of St. Martins-In-The-Field Episcopal Church was named president of SPAN's Executive Board of Directors on January 13, 2020. Her term will last for two years.

Kathy is an Occupational Therapist by profession, who has practiced in the field of psychiatry in Baltimore. Kathy previously served on SPAN's Board of Directors, representing St. Martins-in-the Field. She has been involved with nonprofits for more than 40 years, and is on St. Martin's Outreach Committee, coordinates St. Martin's Winter Relief service for Arundel House of Hope, and currently provides pro bono services to families in need. Kathy has sat on the Board of Directors for multiple organizations for many years and has chaired the Charity Committee for the Foundation for Families. She is currently helping family members set up a charity in Cecil County. We look forward to working with Kathy and continuing to serve our neighbors in need under her leadership.

SPAN's Executive Board for 2020-2022: Kathy Berge-president (St. Martin's), Mike Monahan-vice president(Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church), Karen Hall-secretary (Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church), and John Howland-treasurer (Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Severna Park).

Sharon Tegler from The Capital newspaper recently wrote a great article about Kathy's new position with SPAN. You can read it by clicking here


Severna Park United Methodist Church Donates More than 350 "Reverse Advent" Bags

For the third year in a row, Severna Park United Methodist Church has sponsored a "Reverse Advent" program, where members of their congregation are given a SPAN bag on the first Sunday of Advent, and instructed to put one item in it every day for SPAN. This year, 352 filled bags were returned, but in reality, there were more, because families added extra bags of their own to their SPAN bags. Our house was bursting at the seams with all the food and toiletries, but that's a wonderful thing! Thanks to Francie and Carl Seaman for spearheading this program, and thanks to the generous donors from SPUMC for their kindness! 

SPAN President Ted Florenz Named Volunteer of the Month by The Voice

We are so proud of SPAN's president of the Board of Directors, Ted Florenz, for being chosen as this month's Volunteer of the Month by the Severna Park Voice newspaper! Ted is finishing up his second two-year term, and we will be sad to see him go, but he has promised to continue being a volunteer! Thanks, Ted, for always giving 110% for SPAN!

To read the article with an interview with Ted, click here:,30433?

Tree Lightings and Santa's Arrival in Severna Park This Friday, Dec. 6!

Christmas is coming to Severna Park this Friday, Dec. 6! Be sure and visit SPAN at both of these events. SPAN will be collecting hats, gloves, scarves and socks of all sizes at the Chamber. Then at Park Plaza, SPAN will be collecting cash donations in exchange for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
From 5-6:30, there will be a Tree Lighting and open house at the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce, complete with the Grinch, entertainment, a DJ, goodies, and more! Then head over to see the model trains. The Tree Lighting will be at 5:30 at 1 Holly Avenue in Severna Park. Bring warm hats, gloves, scarves, and socks to donate to SPAN.
At 6:00 at Park Plaza, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by firetruck, but you can arrive early if you want to get a head start on your scavenger hunt! This celebration will have its own Tree Lighting, raffles and prizes, and entertainment by local musical groups and performers. And of course don't forget to get your photo taken with Santa at The Honey Baked Ham Company (Severna Park - 560-H Ritchie Hwy). Photos are free with a donation to SPAN.
Merry Christmas!

Photos from SPAN's 2019 Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot Fundraiser


Thank You to all the Turkey Trot Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers, for Making 2019 the Most Successful Race to Date!

                            Photo by Zach Sparks

Thanks to all of our loyal supporters, the 2019 Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot was our most successful race to date! With a record number of sponsors, donors, and participants, the race grossed over $26,000! This money will all be deposited into SPAN's general fund to be used for local families in need who need assistance with evictions, utility shutoffs and medical/prescription bills.


2019 Turkey Trot Sponsors 


Platinum ($1,500+)

Alexander Animal Hospital

Assured Partners of Maryland - Moscker Insurance Agency   

Severna Park United Methodist Church

SPAN Volunteers donated over $3,000!


Gold ($1,000)

Severn Bank

Severna Park Automotive

Honeybaked Ham Severna Park

Chick-Fil-a Severna Park


Silver ($500)

Long & Foster of Severna Park - Tim Blanchfield

RockWell Fitness

The Matt Wyble Team - Century 21 New Millennium

First County Mortgage SOMD,-MD

Marathon Real Estate

McDonald’s Severna Park

Chesapeake Hearing Centers

Fence and Deck Connection

Edward Jones Alexis P Lecouras, CFP®, AMS

Russell, Deasey, Wright & Zitofsky, DDS

Wright Orthodontics

The Bank of Glen Burnie

Julie Antinucci and family



Bronze ($250)

Broadneck Pharmacy

Environmental Automotive

Millersville Auto Body

Lighthouse Car Wash

Charter Title

Savvy Consignment

Paul J. Kinsey, DDS

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi

Dr. Brian D. Valle, DDS

McCarl Dental Group

Clement Hardware


Honorable Mention

Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery

Café Mezzanotte 

Victor and Kathleen Simon


2019 Turkey Trot Prize Donors

Old Tyme Barber
Craft American Eatery
Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi
The Great American Car Wash
Squisitos Severna Park
Park Tavern
Cafe Rio
Magothy Wine & Spirits
Dawsons Liquors
Kyoto Japanese Steak House
Franklin Toys
Adams Ribs
Ledo's Pizza Severna Park
The Breakfast Shoppe
The Big Bean Coffee Shop
Severna Park Lanes
Sophie's Crepes
The Cottage
Lisa's Cakepops

2019 Turkey Trot Food Donors

Be My Guest Catering
Uber Bagels
Dunkin Donuts
Severna Park Giant Food
Severna Park Harris Teeter

SPAN, Inc. (Serving People Across Neighborhoods)
400 Benfield Rd.
Severna Park, MD 21146

Please mail checks to:
PO Box 626
Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 410-647-0889
Fax: 410-647-7724
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-2:00pm (please arrive by 1:30)