Brewery delivers emergency drinking water to Flint, Mich.

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As in past disaster situations, Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery is supplying emergency drinking water — 2,156 cases, or 51,744 cans — to residents of Flint, Michigan. The Cartersville brewery donation will be delivered to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan the first week of February. Currently in high demand, the water will be distributed to those impacted by lead contamination in Flint’s drinking water.“Anheuser-Busch is committed to supporting local communities,” said Bill Bradley, vice president of community affairs for Anheuser-Busch in a news release. “This is one way we can help our friends and neighbors in a time of need.”Echoing Bradley’s comments, Kevin Fahrenkrog — senior general manager for Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery — revealed the Bartow facility has a tradition of responding to those in need.“The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville is responsible for packaging all emergency drinking water Anheuser-Busch donates to disaster relief efforts across the country, including the recent donation for Flint,” Fahrenkrog said. “For nearly three decades, we’ve worked with the American Red Cross and other community partners to quickly distribute water following disasters. People in Flint are in need of fresh drinking water, and this is one way Anheuser-Busch and our wholesalers can help.“Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 74 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 Red Cross for victims of the San Francisco earthquake. We continue that tradition through our water donation efforts, other partnerships nationwide and at a local level. For example, this past December, Anheuser-Busch worked with local wholesaler Atlanta Beverage and Habitat for Humanity to build a house in southwest Atlanta. The brewery also partners with local organizations for annual clean-ups of Lake Allatoona and the Etowah River, among other efforts.”For more information, visit http://www.anheuser-busch.com.