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How the Food Industry Is Responding to Hurricane Harvey

From breweries to grocery stores, everyone is banding together to help those in need
Hurricane Harvey Floods Houston Street
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Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 storm that has been bombarding the Houston area with rain for four days, will no doubt go down as one of the worst storms in history. According to Scientific American, it has "been stuck longer in one place than any tropical storm in memory."

Though some have taken a glass-half-full approach by fishing in their living rooms, millions have been severely impacted by Harvey's wrath. In the wake of this tragedy, many have gone out of their way to help the community, rescuing trapped citizens by truck or boat, providing meals to the displaced, and donating money to local relief agencies. From private citizens to large beverage corporations, people across the country are doing whatever they can to help those in need.

Texas-based grocery store chain H-E-B dispatched a fleet of disaster relief trucks over the weekend to help supply meals.

Anheuser-Busch halted production at its Cartersville, Georgia, plant to send more than half a million cans of drinking water to the Red Cross. "Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia, brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis. Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations," Sarah Schilling, brewmaster of Anheuser-Busch's Cartersville brewery, says.

As Eater reports, 8th Wonder Brewery employees also got in on the rescue efforts by using the brewery's army truck to transport people to dry land. See them in KTRK reporter Pooja Lodhia's video on Twitter helping an elderly woman escape a flooded area.

People near and far are banding together to assist in this time of need. Looking for ways to help? From donating to food banks to offering up a free place to stay on Airbnb, check out this comprehensive list from Texas Monthly on numerous ways to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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