“He said, ‘Go back to work! I’ll come over and talk to each of you,’” Kent Steffen said. “Then he grabbed a bag and started putting potatoes in it.”
At one point, Obama checked with volunteers next to him to be sure he was packing the potatoes correctly, the Tribune reported.
“He said he wanted to stop by and promote the importance of service,” Charlie said.
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Obama, his security detail and the film crew stayed for about 25 to 30 minutes, according to the family. He also signed a wall of the warehouse and included the message, “Hope requires action!”
"Thank you to @BarackObama and @ObamaFoundation for joining our volunteers today at the Food Depository," the food bank tweeted after the visit. "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."