Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have teamed up with Belmont University to open a free grocery store.
According to The Tennessean, the couple decided to open The Store. It’s a modern-day food pantry but it’s actually set up like a grocery store where those in need can shop for their groceries. The Store sits next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center and will receive help from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and more. They hope to help 3,000 people a year.
“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” Paisley told the newspaper. “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.”
The Store will have food and groceries for those in need but it’ll be so much more than that. They’ll have toys during the holiday season so children can get items on their wishlist and there will be job training for shoppers.
The Store will be accepting donations of new, unused toys during the holidays. They’ll also accept monetary donations from $10 to $1,000,000. According to their website, they need the donations to build the actual store as well as donations “to meet our operational needs for food.” To break ground, their goal is $500,000 and the construction total is $1.2 million. The groundbreaking will be next year.