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.
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“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.”
“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.