May 19, 2021 - Building on a longstanding commitment to supporting neighbors during times of need including a 30-year-strong emergency drinking water program, Anheuser-Busch is donating 1.5 million cans of clean drinking water to volunteer fire departments across the nation this summer in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).
Anheuser-Busch is set to begin deliveries early this summer - distributing emergency drinking water to more than 420 volunteer fire departments across 48 states. As the wildfire season expands year after year, clean drinking water remains essential in addressing firefighters’ critical hydration needs.
“We seek opportunities that leverage our unique capabilities, reach and relationships to make a positive and lasting impact on the communities where we live and work,” said Colleen Lucas, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Anheuser-Busch. “Our emergency drinking water program is the perfect embodiment of this formula, as it activates our vast production and distribution capabilities and our expansive network of wholesaler partners. We’re proud to share this program with the National Volunteer Fire Council and continue supporting its heroic volunteers across the country.”
In addition to the emergency drinking water program, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation has also recently donated $200,000 to the NVFC in support of our nation’s first responders. With volunteers comprising 67% of firefighters in the United States, they are local communities’ first line of defense in a range of emergencies. The pandemic underscored the importance of volunteer responders even more as they continued to be there for their communities, putting their own health at risk while often operating with limited resources and staffing.
“This past year has brought unique challenges upon volunteer first responders across the nation. These volunteers have gone above and beyond in caring for their communities through the pandemic all while continuing to answer the calls for structure fires, wildfires, natural disasters, vehicle crashes, and other crises,” said NVFC Chair Steve Hirsch. “We’re truly grateful for our continued partnership with Anheuser-Busch and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation to help keep firefighters hydrated so they can be at their peak performance when protecting our communities, no matter the challenge thrown their way.”
Each year, Anheuser-Busch periodically pauses beer production at its Cartersville, Georgia and Fort Collins, Colorado breweries to can clean, safe drinking water to help communities in times of disaster through its partnerships with the American Red Cross and the NVFC. Since the inception of the emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 86 million cans of clean drinking water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises. In the 3-year partnership with NVFC, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 3.2 million cans of water to hydrate volunteer firefighters across the country.
Learn more about the Emergency Drinking Water for Wildland Firefighters Program at www.nvfc.org/water.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants, and have more than 19,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical advocacy, resources, programs, and education for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.
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