Anheuser-Busch is sending three truckloads – over 150,000 cans – of emergency canned drinking water to communities in and around St. Louis impacted by the damaging flood and storms this week.
The emergency deliveries are scheduled to arrive in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Swansea on Wednesday May 3. Once they arrive, Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners, Lohr Distributing, River Eagle Distributing Co and Grey Eagle Distributing will work together with the local American Red Cross chapter to distribute the water to those in need.
“As the home of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser, the St. Louis community means so much to all of us at Anheuser-Busch,” said Jim Bicklein, General Manager of the Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing clean, safe drinking water is the best way for us to help our neighbors right now.”
The water will be sent from Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville Brewery, GA, which periodically pauses production to produce the emergency canned drinking water so as to be ready to help communities in times of disaster.
Providing water and supplies to those affected by natural disasters nationwide is a long-standing tradition of Anheuser-Busch, dating back to the 19th century. In 2016, A-B donated over 2 million cans of drinking water across the US, including during the Louisiana Floods, California wildfires and Hurricane Matthew.
Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in preventing drunk driving and underage drinking and promoting responsible retailing and advertising. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by nearly 50 percent over the last 10 years. The company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Each year Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation invest approximately $20 million in donations to charitable organizations that help in local communities. The company also has provided over 76 million cans of emergency drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. For more information, visit www.anheuserbusch.com.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.