This is awesome. What an amazing way to give back!
Brad Paisley has broken ground on a new free grocery store in Nashville and he did it while wearing a cowboy hat-shaped construction helmet, as you do. The supermarket will be located at Paisley’s alma mater, Belmont University and will be called “The Store.”
The singer and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, felt inspired to open the nonprofit grocery store after volunteering at one like it in California. The goal of The Store is to serve 3,000 folks in need in the Nashville area every year and it will have free donated food along with deeply discounted food from the Second Harvest Food Bank, and offer other services including job training and cooking and nutrition classes.
"As you can imagine where you place this store is important and right at this age of where gentrification is happening," Paisley explained at the ground-breaking ceremony. "There's people being squeezed out a little bit in this area. It's just the perfect place."
Brad says, "Most people don't want handouts. They want dignity and respect. Most people want to become self-sufficient."
The goal of Paisley's store is to serve at least 3,000 people in the Nashville area per year. "Over time, we plan to develop additional supplemental services beyond the grocery store, such as job training, cooking and nutrition classes."
“Our goal is to give dignity to parents,” added Paisley. “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 Store will let parents shop with dignity and meet their families' needs without letting their children know that there are financial problems in the home. The Paisleys believe that kids should never have to wonder where their next meal will come from, or share their parents' anxiety about finances. Even former president Barack Obama offered the Williamses praise!