In recent years, Chicago has been known more for his bloodied, soaring crime levels than for its homeless population.
But while the numbers of those out on the streets in Chicago seems minuscule compared to Los Angeles, there are still a total of 5,657 people, according to the 2017 Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey Report conducted by the city’s Department of Family and Support Services, without a home.
And, those people are hungry and find themselves alone on a holiday marked for family celebrations.
On Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, a very familiar gentleman strode into a Chicago food bank, rolled up his sleeves, put on his purple latex gloves and White Sox cap, dove in, and began to help sort the tubers.
The man in question?
Former President Barack Obama.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, which says it distributes 159,000 meals a day, thanked the ex-president and his foundation in a tweet “for joining our volunteers today.”
“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 said in a tweet Tuesday night. “Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!”
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
“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 said.
‘Tis the season for giving, no matter how large or small…. every little bit of kindness helps instill hope.
Love to all.