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Food Bank of Iowa volunteer says 'one person can't do everything, but everybody can do something'

The organization recognized Bob Forte, a long-time volunteer and "jack of all trades" during Volunteer Appreciation Week.

DES MOINES, Iowa — It's Volunteer Appreciation Week, and one organization is shining a light on one of their most respected volunteers.

Bob Forte devotes his extra time to serving his community at the Food Bank of Iowa. 

A "jack of all trades," Bob has been doing volunteer work since he was in high school. Now that he's retired, he said serving his community is his calling in life. 

"One person can't do everything but everybody can do something, and I think you have to get over that fear of not making a difference," Bob said. "But everybody who participates here or wherever— they have the chance to make a difference at some point in time."

The Food Bank of Iowa serves 55 counties in the state. Due to the pandemic, nearly 500,000 Iowans had to choose between paying rent or feeding their family. 

So helping out during this time has been critical. 

Watch: Community fridges stripping away gatekeeping mentality in the metro to feed everyone

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