Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank

Ex-president helped bag potatoes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2018 9:00 AM CST
Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank
Former President Barack Obama smiles during a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2018.   (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

(Newser) – Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to a Chicago food bank before Thanksgiving—and stuck around to help volunteers bag potatoes. "Hey, how's it going?" the former president said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "This is a spiffy-looking spot, right here." Children ran up for hugs in video tweeted by the food bank. Obama, who still lives in Washington, was in town for the Obama Foundation Summit before the Tuesday visit to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which provides around 160,000 meals daily, the Hill reports. "Thanks to the Chicago @FoodDepository team for all you do and to the volunteers who are doing great work and let me crash today," Obama tweeted. "Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!" (Two years ago, Obama marked his final Thanksgiving in the White House.)

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