Obama telephones thanks to service members abroad

President Barack Obama hands out food for Thanksgiving at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) - President Barack Obama has telephoned 10 U.S. service members stationed abroad to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and praise their military service.

On Wednesday, the president, his daughters and first lady Michelle Obama volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank, a local food pantry where the first family was packing and distributing food bags for people in need.

The family was accompanied by players from the Oregon State basketball team, which is coached by the first lady's brother, Craig Robinson. The team is in the Washington area to play Towson University, near Baltimore, on Saturday.

Obama made the calls Thursday morning from the Oval Office to two members each from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy who are deployed in support of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Obama has made the Thanksgiving calls each year since becoming president.

In a radio address to the nation, the president also asked Americans to remember the men and women in the military who are spending the holiday serving their country overseas.

The first family later Thursday was sitting down for a holiday feast including turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and dinner rolls. Dessert selections included banana cream pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, huckleberry pie and cherry pie.