50,000 cans of water go to fire relief efforts
At the request of the American Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch is providing more than 50,000 cans of emergency drinking water to support the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) crews battling to contain the Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park and Merced, CA.
As wildfire season lengthens and increases in severity each year, clean drinking water remains essential in addressing firefighters’ hydration needs and an important part of keeping firefighters functioning at their best during response.
The donation of emergency drinking water will be delivered to Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner, Donaghy Sales in Fresno, CA, who will work alongside the American Red Cross to distribute the resources to those in need.
The clean, safe drinking water is sourced from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, which alongside the Cartersville, Georgia brewery periodically pauses beer production throughout the year to can emergency drinking water and help communities in times of disaster in partnership with the American Red Cross.
“California is an important place for our entire company and nearly 3,500 colleagues who call it home. We are grateful to the CAL FIRE firefighting personnel who are helping to contain the blaze and protect our local communities,” said Travis Moore, General Manager of the Anheuser-Busch Fairfield Brewery.
“Our team in Fairfield is proud to be able to leverage our production, distribution and partnership capabilities to provide this critical donation to our nation’s first responders.
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 90 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.
Last year alone, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 4 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities and volunteer fire departments across 49 states in support of ongoing relief efforts.