Anheuser-Busch alleviates water shortage in Arkansas


At the request of the American Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch delivered one truckload – more than 50,000 cans – of emergency drinking water to support residents of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, who were experiencing safe drinking water shortages resulting from a critical utility system failure.  

The donation of emergency drinking water was delivered to Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner, Ludwig Distributing Company Inc. in Stuttgart, Arkansas, who worked alongside the American Red Cross to distribute the water to residents in need. 

“The American Red Cross greatly appreciates Anheuser-Busch’s generosity in donating drinking water to Phillips County, Arkansas in light of recent water system issues there,”said Barry Falke, CEO of the American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas. 

“We are truly grateful to have the support of Anheuser-Busch to help us carry out our life-saving mission to help people in need all year long.”  

The water was sourced from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, which alongside the Ft. Collins, Colorado 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. 

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. 

In 2022, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 3 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities and volunteer fire departments across 49 states in support of ongoing relief efforts. 

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