Anheuser-Busch, founded in St. Louis in 1852, has long been a part of the Missouri footprint. They are not only a symbol of Missouri’s brewing legacy, but also an example of corporate responsibility and a commitment to the community across the state. For over 170 years, Anheuser-Busch has brought people together over a beer, and Missouri’s role in that is one that I am proud of.
At the Missouri Grocers Association, we rely on the support of both large and small companies that help to build and strengthen our state’s economy, especially in the food and beverage space. Anheuser-Busch’s roots truly do run deep in Missouri, as their presence in our state fosters a thriving network of local suppliers, distributors, retailers and restaurants that bolsters the growth of business throughout the industry.
But more than strengthening the industry and selling quality beer, Anheuser-Busch’s impact on Missourians goes even deeper through life-changing acts of charitable giving, which is reflected through their partnership with the Folds of Honor organization. Folds of Honor is a non-profit that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members. For 13 years now, Anheuser-Busch has joined Folds of Honor to roll out commemorative packaging and beer cans, while also supporting nearly $22 million in donations, resulting in over 44,000 scholarships.
This longstanding collaboration is a true testament to the company’s dedication to giving back to the community and supporting those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. These initiatives have helped to grant opportunities to the families of Missouri heroes that they may never have had otherwise, and to that, we should all raise a glass — or a can.
Community engagement does not stop there. During the catastrophic flooding last year, Anheuser-Busch participated in efforts to provide water cans to those affected by the floods. In times of crisis, disaster relief efforts like these are what community is all about — helping our neighbors and offering the resources we can to those in need.
The impact corporations can have on their local communities is tremendous, and I am grateful that Missouri companies like Anheuser-Busch are investing in our home. I hope that other businesses will follow their lead so that Missouri can reach its fullest potential and thrive for years to come.
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