Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly are working with Belmont University to open a "modern food pantry" in Nashville. They're calling it The Store. It will have fresh and nonperishable groceries for people in need. It is a new kind of food bank. “This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” said Paisley, president of The Store’s board of trustees. It's designed to look and works like a free grocery store. Kimberly said, "Ultimately we want to do job training for employees and education about nutrition, so people are making healthy choices."
After taking their young sons to volunteer at the similarly organized Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, Brad and his wife got the idea that they could launch the same concept in Nashville. Paisley explained it was near Thanksgiving and his wife thought their children were acting spoiled, so they brought their kids to the store to show them that there were many people in the world living with much less. What an awesome idea. This is exactly why Brad Paisley is so well liked in the music business.
In addition to groceries, The Store also plans to set up a toy aisle over the holidays. Throughout the year, they will accept donations of new, unopened toys. At Christmas, families can shop from those items to ensure children receive the toys on their wishlist. The Paisley’s have a property picked out and hope to break ground in 2019 on this idea. Here's the website http://www.thestore.org/
above: 106.3 The Bull 'Morning Guy' Carey Edwards with Brad Paisley