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Posted on: August 8, 2023

Anheuser-Busch and Pestinger Distributing Support Local Disaster Preparedness and Relief Efforts

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Anheuser-Busch and Pestinger Distributing, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), are providing more than 2,352 cans of emergency drinking water to help Phillips County Rural District #1 in support of their disaster preparedness and relief efforts.


  • The water was sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, which periodically pauses beer production to can clean, safe drinking water to be delivered to communities in times of need.


Now in its fifth year of the partnership, Anheuser-Busch is expanding its reach to provide over 2.5 million cans – more than ever before – to help volunteer fire departments as they prepare for and respond in times of need at home. 


  • The initiative’s expansion represents a significant evolution in A-B’s 30-year-strong commitment to disaster relief, and its deep appreciation for the first responders who are keeping their communities safe.


  • Throughout the summer, the 2.5 million cans of emergency drinking water will be donated to over 600 volunteer fire departments (VFDs) across 49 states, with a goal of reaching more than 1,000 VFDs throughout the summer.


  • We’re committed to doing our part to support the heroes who keep our communities safe and strong, and providing safe drinking water is an important first step in providing necessary resources to the men and women who risk their lives to protect the communities where we live and work.


  • On behalf of our 35 employees at Pestinger Distributing, we are proud to deliver 2,352 cans to Phillips County Rural District #1 and thank them for their service.


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 creation 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 - including more than 6.4 million cans to volunteer fire departments since the NVFC program was launched in 2019.
  • These donations represent Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing commitment to help American communities when they need it most. 
  • From the production capabilities in its breweries to its expansive network of wholesaler partners, Anheuser-Busch stands ready to deliver support to those in need at a moment’s notice.

Pictured L-R: Johnny Yocum, EMS, and Long Island Fire, Mike Riemann, General Manager, Pestinger Distributing, Co. Inc.; and Phillipsburg/Phillips County Rural District #1 Fire Department Chief, Jeremiah Clancy

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