Former President Barack Obama helps out volunteers at Greater Chicago Food Depository

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Volunteers packing up food for needy families at the Greater Chicago Food Depository got a surprise visit earlier this week.

Former President Barack Obama dropped by Tuesday to help out 60 volunteers packing food to be sent to the food bank's network of 700 community distribution sites throughout Chicago and Cook County.

Obama and Obama Foundation Chief Engagement Officer Michael Strautmanis and other staff brought with food to donate and then the former commander in chief got to work repacking potatoes. Obama was in town this week for the Obama Foundation Summit.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository serves the equivalent of 159,000 meals every day.

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