A Chicago food bank that was preparing bags with goodies for the needy during Thanksgiving, had a surprise volunteer turn up: Barack Obama. The former president dropped by the Greater Chicago Food Depository to lend a hand loading potatoes in bags.
Wearing a Chicago White Sox baseball cap, Obama arrived with bags of food, put on his gloves and got to work beside the volunteers at the centre. Volunteers at the centre help provide Thanksgiving meals to more than 700 food pantries and shelters across Cook County, Illinois.
The Greater Chicago @FoodDepository is a local non-profit organization that provides nourishing food for those in need. This Thanksgiving week, @BarackObama stopped by to give back. pic.twitter.com/I5ce5ypvEG
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) November 21, 2018
In videos posted online by his foundation and the centre, Obama was seen striding into the centre and taking volunteers—who were huddled together around a long table of potatoes—by surprise.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository thanked the ex-president and his foundation in a tweet “for joining our volunteers today.”
Thank you to @BarackObama and @ObamaFoundation for joining our volunteers today at the Food Depository. We believe no one should go hungry, especially this time of year, and that’s why we’re working to address the root causes of hunger in Chicago and Cook County. pic.twitter.com/d6YfBjvJl2
— Chicago’s Food Bank (@FoodDepository) November 20, 2018
Obama thanked them for letting him “crash” and join the volunteers.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 21, 2018
People were thrilled to see the former POTUS spreading festive joy and volunteering, and many highlighted the fact that Trump flew to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida to enjoy the holidays.
The Obama family volunteered at a homeless shelter to help prepare Thanksgiving meals. Say what you want about politics but they’re such genuinely good people pic.twitter.com/cS5nyzhiQy
— ᵐᵃᵍᵍˢ (@maggleew) November 22, 2018
What compassionate Presidents do. Sigh. https://t.co/pVBZNGZcuf
— Frenchie 🇫🇷☕⭐⭐ (@shazzer42000) November 22, 2018
— T. Alexander (@TalexanderSteff) November 22, 2018
The dining room laid out at Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is spending Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/dCAjTyk9Aw
— #Thinker 🌀 (@706am) November 22, 2018
Thank – you so very much for your kindness to all the other families that are not able to do this, you are such a great President, God Bless You! Nikkiyyc https://t.co/ep21psiTI3
— richard bell (@richardbell235) November 22, 2018
— Teresa Tost (@grandma102) November 22, 2018
— Michael Cima (@Cheema82) November 22, 2018
Thank God for you and the examples you set in word and deed. You are the example I want my grandchildren to see and emulate. Thank God. https://t.co/ttFqPC2OMW
— BETTYE MORGAN (@BETTYEJEAN1) November 22, 2018
— Madmama (@madmamavotes) November 22, 2018
Good to see and remember what ‘Leadership’ looks like. https://t.co/1pVmbLW7Za
— Nandu Madhava (@NanduMadhava) November 22, 2018
Photo #1: Obama surprises Chicago food bank by volunteering to make Thanksgiving meal bags (https://t.co/tUgkBYnyHW). Photo #2: The dining room at Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is spending Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/XkT0jvh96n
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) November 21, 2018
— Patchouli Sky (@barefootpagan) November 21, 2018
This is not the first time Obama has volunteered. The Obama family volunteered at food banks many times during his presidency.