ST. LOUIS, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch is providing 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans — for use by residents affected by the recent flooding in the Florida panhandle.
A truck loaded with water left Cartersville, Georgia today and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 10) at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
The water will be used to help affected residents in the region. The Lewis Bear Company, the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, is working with the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida to get the water where it's needed.
"Relief workers and people in the community are in need of drinking water as they work to recover from the storms, and this is one way Anheuser-Busch can help our friends and neighbors," said Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply and head brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch.
Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 72 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters.
Helping communities cope with disasters has been an Anheuser-Busch tradition since 1906 when Adolphus Busch made a donation to the American Red Cross for victims of the San Francisco earthquake. Today, in addition to providing monetary support as a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Anheuser-Busch packages emergency drinking water and works with the American Red Cross and other emergency relief organizations for distribution to those in need.
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, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Help people affected by disasters like the recent flooding by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.