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Emergency drinking water program supports wildfire relief efforts
August 2, 2022

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Volunteer firefighters from Andersonville; submitted

KNOXVILLE -- Anheuser-Busch and Eagle Distributing Company donated 15,600 cans of emergency drinking water last week to local volunteer firefighters at Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department, Medford Volunteer Fire Department, Oliver Springs Fire Department, and the Roane County Rescue Squad.

With volunteers comprising 67 percent of firefighters in the United States, they are local communities’ first line of defense in a range of emergencies, while often operating with limited resources and staffing. For these local heroes, clean drinking water is essential to ensure they can be at their peak performance when protecting our communities.

As the primary distributor of Anheuser-Busch products in East Tennessee, Eagle Distributing Company is proud to support local volunteer firefighters who risk their lives to protect the communities where they live and work.

“We believe our volunteer firefighters - including those in East Tennessee - are unsung heroes in our communities,” said Dustin Hammond, team leader at Eagle Distributing Company. “We’re so proud to be supporting those who are there for us when it’s needed most.”

The donation of emergency drinking water was sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, which periodically pauses beer production to can clean and safe drinking water to be delivered to communities in times of need.

Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross – dating back to 1906. Since the inception of its emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 90 million cans of clean drinking water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.

Through its partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the national association representing America’s volunteer fire departments, Anheuser-Busch also donates emergency drinking water each year to provide critical hydration to volunteer firefighters. Since its launch in 2019, the program has donated over 4.8 million cans of water to volunteer fire departments across the county to help firefighters stay hydrated and healthy when protecting the communities where we live and work. More information can be found at

About Eagle Distributing Company
Eagle Distributing Company is a Tennessee-based beverage distribution company with a commitment to its customers and community. They offer quality products and professional service that exceeds expectations for excellence. The company has headquarters in two of the Volunteer State’s most major hubs: Memphis and Knoxville. It distributes to a total of sixteen counties in East Tennessee and to Shelby County in West Tennessee, maintaining a wide reach throughout the area. For more information, visit

About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants, and have more than 19,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit

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