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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Anheuser-Busch Foundation is donating $1 million to hurricane relief efforts in Florida. The donation will be divided among three organizations -- the Volunteer Florida Foundation: The Florida Hurricane Relief Fund, in the amount of $500,000; the American Red Cross, in the amount of $250,000; and the Salvation Army, in the amount of $250,000.
"Florida is appreciative of the tremendous outpouring of support from our state and federal partners, business community and private citizens as we work to recover and rebuild from the devastating effects of the recent hurricanes," said Gov. Jeb Bush. "Through the Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, hurricane victims, both residents and their communities, will have the financial and moral support they need to face this challenge and move forward."
An intensified effort to replenish grocery shelves, home-supply stores and gas stations is currently under way, giving hope to Central Florida shoppers coping with month-long shortages of hurricane necessities.
Adequate supplies of groceries and gas were reported across the region, but some stores were still battling to find enough generators -- along with fresh salespeople.
With Hurricane Ivan approaching the Florida Panhandle, hundreds of trucks were rolling toward Central and South Florida in what the chain called the biggest resupply effort in its history. Part of the equation are 1,500 sales associates coming from out of state to relieve weary staffers at 130 Florida stores.
Supplies of gasoline should be sufficient in the coming days, barring a repeat of last week's rumors of price-gouging that caused a run over much of the state, said Jim Smith, president of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores.