We might be biased, but country stars seem to have the biggest hearts in the universe. It seems that whenever there is a cause, they are ,ready to give.
Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams Paisley sure didn’t hesitate to step up when they saw just how many children and adults in Nashville were existing without their basic needs being met.
On April 3, Brad, Kimberly, Dr. Bob Fisher, and trustees broke ground on The Store—“a year- round free grocery store allowing people to shop with dignity for their basic needs. Individuals and families will be referred by nonprofit and government agencies for a term of one year. There is no charge to those referred or to the people and agencies that send them. They may shop for food to supplement their income during times of crisis and as they work toward self-sufficiency.”
One concern for Brad was to create an environment that seemed as welcoming as possible. “Our goal is to give dignity to parents,” he said. “They can go to The Store and shop in a completely normal way, from choosing the food to checking out, but with no money exchanging hands. The kids even ride a mechanical pony out in front of The Store—no charge. Kids do not need the stress of wondering how their parents are going to feed them. In Nashville, we have the power of the benevolence of the residents to support The Store.”
Kimberly also shared some hard facts with those attending the groundbreaking ceremony. “In Nashville there are 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children that have food insecurity. That means they don’t know where they are going to get their next meal. The Store will be another resource to help families and individuals going through a hard time but working toward self-sufficiency.”
Brad and Kimberly have partnered with Brad’s college alma mater, Belmont University, on the project which is located near the school’s Ministry Center. Much of the food that will be provided to customers will come from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, in addition to generation donations of food and equipment made by Sysco Corporation and Amerigroup Corporation.
Congratulations to all involved in this “ground-breaking” project.
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We are happy to announce we broke ground on THE STORE today!! I loved seeing so much support from the community and meeting some of the people we will hopefully be able to serve with our free grocery (Yes clearly I need to work on my hard hat skillz. Good thing I’ll leave the building to the professionals at @jandsconstruction ). Become a part of The Store with our brick campaign! See link in profile for more info! 🍏 🍎 @thestore_nashville @belmontu