November 23rd, 2011
06:33 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the First Family spent time counting their blessings and serving their community when they visited the Capital Area Food Bank on Wednesday.
The president, Mrs. Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha were joined by the First Mother in Law, Marian Robinson, and members of the Oregon State men's basketball team where they filled reusable grocery bags with produce and even some White House M&Ms.
President Obama, while handing out bags of baby carrots, greeted patrons of the food bank with a "Happy Thanksgiving" as they walked by.
The White House says that the Capital Area Food Bank distributes more than 30 million pounds of food a year to needy families.
The Obama family has had the tradition of doing a community service project around the Thanksgiving holiday since taking office. For the past two years, they put together bags of food at another local shelter, Martha's Table.