Brad Paisley And Kimberly Williams Are Opening A Free Grocery Store For People In Need

Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley are giving back to their Nashville community in a big way.

The couple have partnered with Belmont University to open a grocery store, appropriately called The Store, that will give away fresh and non-perishable food items to people in need for one year.

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The aim, according to The Tennessean, is to provide the open pantry service for up to 3,000 individuals per year.

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” Paisley said. “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.”

“Customers” of The Store will be referred through various non-profit and government agencies in the Nashville area.

According to Paisley and Williams, the inspiration for The Store came from a similar organization in Santa Barbara, Cal., called Unity Shoppe, where they volunteered with their sons at Thanksgiving.

“It was inspiring because these people have dignity,” Paisley recalled. “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.”

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Williams added, “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.”

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