Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley (you know her from Father of the Bride) are giving back to Nashville in the sweetest way. The couple is partnering up with Brad’s alma mater, Belmont University, to open up a grocery store for the hungry. It reminds us of DMG Foods, another nonprofit grocery store.
This nonprofit will be called “The Store.” It’s different from most grocery stores in one major way—everything is free!
How The Store works
The Store will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to provide both perishable and non-perishable food. There is no charge for people to “shop” for food, which means it will help many people during times of crisis. The Store was inspired by the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara, California, where the Paisleys, including their sons, have donated time.
“We loved seeing parents making choices for their own families rather than receiving a bag of food they might not necessarily want or need,” says Kimberly. “We got very excited about bringing the concept of a free grocery store back home to our Nashville community.”
In doing their own shopping, The Store’s customers have a sense of dignity—and greater satisfaction with the food they choose. Brad and Kimberly hope to serve at least 3,000 people per year.
How you can help the Paisleys
Brad and Kimberly have made a donation to help get The Store started, but the construction effort will require $1.2 million in donations. It’s expected to break ground in 2019.