There is a new program in the works to help kids in Beaver County. It is called and it is gearing up to launch in the Beaver Falls area first with your help!


The program at its core is a pretty simple idea – to make sure kids have food to eat all weekend when they are not at school. There are an estimated 1,600 needy school kids living in areas without an established weekend food program. It is quite possible that sometimes these kids go without until Monday morning comes. This just simply should not be happening! You can help change it!


Karen and Demetrios Pappan of Beaver Falls created  They are partnering with the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS) West Central PA to initially raise enough money to feed 100 kids. FOCUS currently operates a food bank at St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Beaver Falls where Deacon Ron Seraphim Moslener and many volunteers developed the “Backpack Program”. This program provides bags containing three healthy meals a day on the weekend to qualifying Big Beaver Falls Area School District students.  Throughout the school year, bags are distributed every Friday. They include enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. They also include several snack items.



Here is where you come in – Beginning on May 3rd, will launch a crowd funding campaign on  It takes $20 a month to feed one student for an entire school year.

“Our goal is to raise $24,000, which would cover the needs of 100 Beaver Falls kids throughout the school year,” says Demetrios Pappan. “As the project grows, we plan to expand the program to other school districts in the county.”

To help, log onto to view the campaign details and to make your donation.  Donations can also be mailed to FOCUS, PO Box 645039, Pittsburgh PA 15264-5039. Checks should be made out to FOCUS WEST CENTRAL PA.

If you are unable to make a financial contribution but still want to help, there is also a list of needed items included on the website! You can also fill out the form below and someone will contact you!

Dig deep and help the kids, you guys! They deserve it!!


FOCUS North America is a national movement of Orthodox Christians, united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America— offering job training and placement, housing, and feeding programs, as well as other human services to the homeless and working poor of America. FOCUS also plays a vital role in bringing Orthodox Christians into direct relationship with the poor, positively impacting their own lives while helping those in need. In the past four years, FOCUS has grown into a vibrant and strong organization with eight flagship FOCUS Centers across the country and a dedicated volunteer corps of more than 6,000 people, with service outreach programs planned for 29 cities.