Anheuser-Busch is delivering over 50,000 cans of clean, safe emergency drinking water to help communities in and around Hattiesburg, Mississippi hit by last weekend’s devastating tornado.
The emergency delivery is scheduled to arrive in Hattiesburg on Thursday, January 26, where Southern Beverage Company, one of Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners, and the local American Red Cross chapter will work together to distribute the water to those in need.
The water will be sent from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, which pauses beer production periodically throughout the year to can drinking water so they are ready to help American communities in times of disaster.
“We want to lend a hand to our neighbors,” said Kevin Fahrenkrog, General Manager of Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery. “Providing this emergency drinking water is the best way we can help right now.”
Damage in and around Hattiesburg is so severe that many impacted neighborhoods still remain inaccessible, according to the American Red Cross. Over 750 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and this number could exceed 1,000 once all areas are safe to enter and damage assessments are completed.
Since the 19th century, Anheuser-Busch has had a longstanding tradition of providing water and supplies to those affected by natural disasters nationwide. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch produced and shipped over 2 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities hit by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, the Louisiana floods and Hurricane Matthew.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Anheuser-Busch owns and operates 19 breweries, 21 distributorships and 22 agricultural and packaging facilities, employing more than 16,000 people across the United States. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
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