At the request of the American Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch is delivering more than seven truckloads – nearly 400,000 cans – of emergency drinking water to local communities in Mississippi and Louisiana in support of recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida.
Last week, two truckloads of emergency drinking water were mobilized to Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partners, Mitchell Beverage Gulf Coast (Gulfport, MS) and Southern Beverage Company Inc (Richland, MS) to support Red Cross relief efforts as they prepared for the expected impact of the storm.
This week, more than five additional truckloads of emergency drinking water are being delivered to wholesaler partners, Buquet Distribution Co Inc (Houma, LA), Mockler Beverage Company Inc (Baton Rouge, LA), and Schilling Distributing Co (Lafayette, LA) who will work alongside the American Red Cross to distribute the resources to those in need.
The clean, safe drinking water was produced at Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville, GA and Fort Collins, CO breweries which periodically pause beer production throughout the year to can emergency drinking water to help communities in times of disaster.
Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing support for disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross, dating back to 1906. Since the inception of the emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have provided more than 86 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.
Last year alone, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 3 million cans to communities and volunteer fire departments across 43 states in support of ongoing relief efforts including wildfire and hurricane recovery on the West and Gulf coasts.
Most recently, Anheuser-Busch also delivered nearly 1.3 million cans of emergency drinking water to support local communities in Texas following the severe winter storm, more than 100,000 cans to support ongoing wildfire relief efforts on the West Coast, and 70,000 cans to support preparedness efforts ahead of Hurricane Henri.