Monday, January 20, 2014

President Obama And First Family Make Burritos At DC Central Kitchen For MLK Service Project

POTUS & the First Family on the burrito production line
Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet Secretaries visit community food organizations for service projects, too...
Washington, DC President Barack Obama and the First Family visited DC Central Kitchen on Monday afternoon for a service project for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.  They joined other volunteers, including Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, in making beef burritos that will be "distributed to local shelters," the White House said.
After arriving by motorcade at 1:33 PM, the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha hit the kitchen production line.  On the heels of the big White House dance party on Saturday night for Mrs. Obama's 50th birthday, which lasted into the wee hours of the morning, the entire First Family looked fairly well-rested as they worked for a little less than an hour.  

All wore aprons with the organization's logo as they composed the big burritos, and food-handling gloves, too.  Today marks the 25th anniversary of the non-profit DC Central Kitchen, President Obama said.

"I just want to thank everybody here for the great work they do," he said.

The President shouted down the line that they were running out of burritos at one point, and joked that he was "very proud" of Sasha's culinary technique.  He also answered a question about the burrito ingredients, saying it was either lamb or beef before settling on beef.

The President and First Family "served alongside volunteers including a number of veterans who have continued to serve in their community through programs and organizations such as DC Central Kitchen, AmeriCorps VISTA, The Mission Continues, Team RWB, Teach for America, and Team Rubicon," the White House said.

It was a repeat visit for the President and First Family to the organization headquartered on 2nd St NW, which offers culinary training in addition to feeding DC's underserved populations.

The press pool was allowed in the kitchen for about one minute of observation, and reported that the President "made small talk," but said "nothing of note, really."  Pool was held in a van in the parking lot as the President and his family continued to work.

The President and First Family departed DC Central Kitchen at 2:29 PM and arrived safely back at the White House at 2:35 PM, when a full lid was called. 

VP Biden served hot lunch at So Others Might Eat in DC
Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet Secretaries also participated in service projects on Monday, the White House said.  Biden and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx delivered remarks at the National Action Network's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast.  

After, Biden and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki joined members of the Catholic Volunteer Network "to serve hot lunch to guests at SOME (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, DC," the White House said.  President Obama visited the organization in January of 2010.

Commerce Secretary Pritzker packs groceries at DC's Food and Friends
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker packed groceries at Food and Friends, "a local organization that prepares and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses in the DC metropolitan area," the White House said.  President Obama last year volunteered at Food and Friends.


*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; other photos by White House