Lets start feeding the sheep!

NILES, Mich. - A food program called, "Feed his Sheep" kicks off tomorrow morning in Niles-Buchanan.

The program is made possible because of the Salvation Army-Niles branch.

Backpacks are filled with non-perishable food items for kids in the program to take home so they have food for the weekend.

The backpacks have enough food in them for breakfast, lunch and dinner for both Saturday and Sunday.

"Feed his Sheep" started last year with just 20 kids signed up for the program, by the end of the school year they reached 170 kids.

In July Jan Nowak-Lumm, with the Salvation Army, came forward asking ABC 57 News for help spreading the word about the program and its need for more space.

The program was threatened to be capped at 170 if they were not able to find more space and with nearly 250 kids in need, they didn't want to put a cap in place.

Tomorrow the backpacks will be delivered to participating schools. Brandywine Elementary, Merritt Elementary, Moccasin Elementary, Ottawa Elementary, Howard-Ellis Elementary, Northside Elementary, Eastside Elementary, Ballard Elementary and Oak Manor Elementary Schools all take part.

Students like 3rd grader, Shian Benjamin who goes to Ottawa Elementary School are excited for class tomorrow. According to Jan Nowak-Lumm she has been asking her teacher each day when she will be getting her backpack.

She said she is very thankful for those who volunteer to make it possible for her to get a backpack.

If you are interested in helping the Salvation Army is always in need of financial donations and food donations for the program.

You can contact the Salvation Army at this link.

The Salvation Army-Niles

424 N 15Th St

Niles, MI 49120-2006

(269) 684-2660

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