Last month, we shared how Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley had a vision for a very unusual type of grocery store. It was a vision for a free grocery store that would allow those most in need to shop for their basic needs. A place where their clientele would be given the opportunity to shop for food as a way to supplement their income during a time of crisis and as they work toward self-sufficiency. So, having now broken ground on their new project, we wanted to share an update on, The Store.
The Paisleys have partnered with Brad’s alma mater, Belmont University, in locating The Store, at 2005 12th Avenue South, next to the University’s Ministry Center. "At Belmont, we believe that the greatest privilege that anyone can ever have is to be in a position to help and serve another person. Brad and Kim are living out that mission in an extraordinary fashion in every aspect of their lives, particularly through the creation of The Store. We are proud to partner with them on this initiative, and I’m excited to watch as our current students pour their gifts and abilities into supporting the needs of The Store’s patrons,” said Dr. Bob Fisher, Belmont University President.
“In Nashville, there are 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children that have food insecurity...The Store will be another resource to help families and individuals going through a hard time work toward self-sufficiency.”
In addition to donated food, there will be deeply discounted, purchased food from Second Harvest Food Bank and a private line of specialty body care products in collaboration with Thistle Farms here in Nashville.
“Our goal is to give dignity to parents,” shared Brad. “They can go to The Store and shop in a completely normal way, from choosing the food and checking out, but with no money exchanging hands. “The kids can 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.”
“I’m so excited to see this dream come to fruition,” shared Kimberly. “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 work toward self-sufficiency.”
The cost of the 4,000 square foot building is an estimated $1.5 million. To encourage residents to join them in supporting The Store, they have recently launched the “Brick Campaign” in an effort to rapidly complete their construction funding. To find out more about The Store, or to join with Brad and Kimberly in supporting this worthwhile endeavor, visit their website at www.thestore.org.