Former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to The Greater Chicago Food Depository on Tuesday.
Obama threw on a pair of latex gloves and offered a helping hand to food bank volunteers tasked with preparing Thanksgiving meals for people in need.
“You guys are doing such a great job helping out,” Obama told one young volunteer. “I’m really proud of you.”
“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,” the food bank wrote on social media, tweeting a video of the former president’s visit ahead of the Thursday’s holiday.
Obama thanked the volunteers on Twitter:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 21, 2018
The Obama Foundation also tweeted a video of his visit:
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
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, flew to his exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is scheduled to remain until Sunday.
Trump arrived at his nearby exclusive golf club Wednesday morning, according to White House pool reporters.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that the president was playing “a quick round” on Wednesday at Trump International Golf Club with golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus’s professional golfer son Gary, and his grandson G.T., reports the Associated Press.
The visit represents the 162nd time Trump has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and, for most of them, presumably played some golf) since becoming President on Jan. 20, 2017. He has now paid 163 visits to any golf course as President, according to NBC News.
Last year, Trump and his family delivered pre-packaged sandwiches, chips and fruit to U.S. Coast Guard members in Riviera Beach, a roughly 20-minute drive from Mar-a-Lago. Trump’s own Thanksgiving meal at his resort later that day included “turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows—as well as local produce, red snapper, Florida stone crab and a variety of baked goods, cakes and pies,” according to Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, at the time. Trump also made a video message for troops overseas.
Trump’s predecessors before him celebrated the holiday a little differently. The Obamas often volunteered at food banks or pantries to distribute food while George W. Bush and Bill Clinton made visits to troops overseas.