Brad Paisley

Country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have teamed up with Belmont University to give back in a unique way.

They’re providing free groceries to people in need by opening up a free grocery store in Nashville.

The new venture, called The Store, is designed to operate like a modern food bank. The concept was inspired by a family volunteer opportunity that kicked off the Thanksgiving season, the Tennessean reported.

Paisley, a Belmont graduate said:

“It was inspiring because these people have dignity.

It’s not a scene from ‘Oliver Twist.’ These people are able to sit there and feel very, very normal in the eyes of their kids. I remember … thinking, ‘Why isn’t this everywhere?’ Essentially, we got this idea that it could be a very effective thing in Nashville.”

The Store will distribute food to those who have difficulty buying groceries in an atmosphere similar to that of a grocery store.

Paisley added:

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times.

All of us are one unforeseen disaster away from rock bottom. It’s nice to think about a place where when that happens to someone, they can use it to get back on their feet.”

Williams-Paisley explained:

“So many people are making great choices in their lives.

It’s not like they’ve made major mistakes, they just need a little extra help and we want to be a resource for those people.”

The Store, located in Nashville next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center, is projected to open in 2019 dependent on securing $500,000 in funding— enough to reach the $1.2 million goal.

Paisley, president of The Store’s board of trustees, made the initial donation to launch the fundraising campaign.

The Store is a shopping experience that provides healthy perishable and nonperishable food options for individuals and families who want to become self-sufficient.

People are selected to participate in the program on a referral basis, according to the company’s website.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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