Teamsters Local 135 in Indianapolis, Indiana, led an effort Thursday to deliver a truckload of bottled water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint to aid families impacted by the city’s toxic water emergency. The truck transported more than 1,000 cases of bottled water, donated by the union and Indiana Teamster employers, American Bottling, Coca-Cola Kokomo, Pepsi Indianapolis, Southern Wine & Spirits and Kroger.
The groups are the latest to come together to help Flint residents during the water crisis, which began in April 2014 when, in an effort to save money, Flint began drawing its water from the Flint River instead of relying on water from Detroit. The move was considered temporary while the city waited to connect to a new regional water system. However, residents immediately complained about the smell, taste and appearance of the water. They also raised health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems. More about the ongoing water issues in Flint can be found here.
In addition to this effort, numerous state and national politicians, as well as celebrities, have voiced their support for Flint during this time through activism and donations.