Anheuser-Busch Donates Thousands of Cans of Water to Flood Victims in Nebraska, Iowa
Victims of the devastating floods that ravaged the Midwest last week are receiving aid from a seemingly unlikely source. Iconic beer brewing company Anheuser-Busch is stepping up to help the thousands of people affected in Nebraska and Iowa by sending 250,000 cans of water to the devastated areas, according to a press release.
In addition to brewing beers including Budweiser and Bud Light, Anheuser-Busch makes it a priority to produce canned water in the event of an environmental emergency. When the mass amount of rain moved through the Midwest in what's known as a "bomb cyclone," bringing massive flooding to areas throughout Iowa and Nebraska, the company took it upon themselves to send a mass water supply.
In addition to the two truckloads of canned water Anheuser-Busch has already sent to the states, the company will send another 150,000 cans from its brewery in Fort Collins, Colo.,. to several wholesale partners, including Eagle Distributing in Fremont, Neb., L&L Distributing Co. in Sioux City, Iowa, and Doll Distributing in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They will then distribute the water to the affected communities.
The move is one in a long line of disaster relief efforts Anheuser-Busch has participated in. As part of its emergency drinking water program instituted in 1988, the company has donated a whopping 80 million cans to communities impacted by natural disasters, including Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria that devastated Texas and Puerto Rico in 2017 and the recent wildfires in California.
"These donations represent our ongoing commitment to help American communities when they need it most," Anheuser-Busch states on its website.
According to NPR, more than 2,000 homes and 340 businesses in Nebraska were devastated by the flood, resulting in roughly $85 million in damage. Both Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds have made disaster declarations for their states. Seventy-four cities and 65 counties are currently in a state of emergency.