Obama Volunteers at Chicago Food Bank Ahead of Thanksgiving

Barack Obama serves Thanksgiving dinner
Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama returned to his hometown of Chicago to spread some cheer right before the Thanksgiving holiday. A video captured other volunteers’ stunned reactions at the former president’s presence at the Chicago Food Depository on Tuesday.

“So you guys are doing such a great job helping out,” Obama said to two young girls. “I’m really proud of you.”

The Chicago Food Depository shared the clip on social media, and it thanked the former president and his foundation for the helping hand.

“We believe no one should go hungry, especially this time of year,” it added. “And that’s why we’re working to address the root causes of hunger in Chicago and Cook County.”

Obama expressed his gratitude the organization right back.

“Thanks to the Chicago @FoodDepository team for all you do and to the volunteers who are doing great work and let me crash today,” he tweeted Tuesday. “Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!”

Watch the video below:

Volunteering on Thanksgiving isn’t something new for Obama. While he was president, he and his family often served Thanksgiving dinner or helped out at food banks for veterans and the homeless.

2016 — Obama family serves Thanksgiving dinner to Armed Forces Retirement Home

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 23: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama serve Thanksgiving dinner to residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home on November 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shawn Thew – Pool/Getty Images)

2015 — Obama family serves Thanksgiving to homeless in Washington, D.C.

2012 — Obama family volunteers at a Washington, D.C., food bank

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Barack Obama hands out food to the needy for Thanksgiving at the Capitol Area Food Bank on November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama also marked the Thanksgiving holiday today with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon at the White House. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump headed to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida, to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. According to CBS Miami, the resort has been dubbed the “Winter White House” due to Trump’s frequent visits during the colder months.

Before his departure, Trump participated in the long-held presidential tradition of pardoning turkeys.

What do you think?

14 pledges
Upvote Downvote
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Phyllis Softa

No pics of Trump feeding the rich at Mar-a-largo? Perhaps he made a trip to the border to serve the military?

Barack Obama Praises Beto O’Rourke: ‘Impressive Young Man Who Ran a Terrific Race’

Kemp Shuts Down Abrams’ Claims About Election Rigging: ‘Nobody’s Questioning the Democrats’ Wins’