Anheuser-Busch Shut Down Its Factory to Donate Canned Water to Hurricane Victims
Beer production was put on hold to can fresh drinking water.
Anheuser-Busch’s Georgia brewery is partnering with the American Red Cross to produce and deliver over 150,000 cans of fresh water to victims of Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast.
With several breweries located around the southern United States, including 3 facilities in the Houston area, the beer-brewing giants see a responsibility and an opportunity to use their resources to help the community.
“Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations” said Bill Bradley, Anheuser-Busch’s Vice President for Community Affairs.
The company regularly halts production in their Cartersville, Georgia brewery to can fresh drinking water to be donated in the case of a national emergency. The devastation of the southern coast by Hurricane Harvey seemed an opportune time to distribute these cases to victims of flooding.
At a recommended consumption level of a half-a-gallon of water per person, per day, Anheuser-Bush’s contribution would provide enough water for about 29,000 people for a single day.
So far, it is estimated that about 30,000 Texans will seek refuge in shelters after flooding displaces them from their homes.
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The company plans to send two more truckloads of clean water to the American Red Cross in Arlington, Texas as soon as possible.
Anheuser-Busch is no stranger to emergency assistance. Last year, the company donated 51,000 cans of water to Flint, Michigan during the city’s water crisis. They also donated canned water to natural disaster victims in Louisiana, and California in years past.