In a video posted Tuesday, Obama strode into the facility, prompting some exclamations from surprised volunteers who were huddled together around a long table of potatoes. The former president, clad in purple latex gloves and White Sox cap, dove in and began to help sort the tubers.

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“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!”

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