“People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
A philanthropist at heart, Amy Rogalla is proud to represent Iowa and the Iowa Food Bank Association. Hunger isn’t talked about in everyday conversation. It begins with a NEED. Family’s needs are met through food banks, and mobile pantries with purpose and compassion; in one of life’s most desperate moments. Compassion that offers hope to some of Iowa’s most needy. It is a purpose that is fueled by engaging a community and acting with careful thought. As a full time AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Amy developed and managed the hunger awareness campaign- FEED THE NEED | NOURISH YOUR NEIGHBOR – which has been displayed at, among other places, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Iowa State Capitol Building. Hunger affects more than 389,720 people in Iowa. Nearly 140,000 of them are children. As Mrs. Iowa America, she will continue to support the eight Feeding America Food Banks in Iowa by raising hunger awareness through the widely acclaimed FEED THE NEED | NOURISH YOUR NEIGHBOR campaign. Her work with the Iowa Food Bank Association will always be close to her heart. She will continue to urge state and national legislators to form public-private partnerships to ensure that Iowa and national food banking systems continue to receive funding.
Amy keeps a very busy with her four children, Lauren (9), Livia (7), Wyatt (5) and Walker (3). She married her high school sweet heart, Brandon, 11 years ago. Mr. Iowa works as a Conservation Ranger in Cedar Falls, where they live at the lake he oversees. Together, the family enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, boating, hunting, fishing and riding ATV’s. Amy also has a love for Great Danes, and enjoys breeding and traveling to show them in confirmation.
Amy graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with an Associate degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Marketing. She then went on to receive a Child Development Credential at Iowa State University. For many years she owned and directed a child care center in her home town of Indianola, Iowa. Upon moving to Cedar Falls, Iowa for her husband to pursue a career in Conservation, she enrolled in Capri College, where she studies Cosmetology, and will go on to pursue a career in Makeup Artistry. She continues to volunteer for the Iowa Food Bank Association and fight hunger in rural Iowa communities.