Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are teaming up to open a food pantry with a Tennessee university

  • Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are teaming up with Belmont University to open up a food pantry.
  • It will essentially be a free grocery store for families in need.
  • It’s called The Store.
  • Families can use it for a year at a time.
  • The Paisleys were inspired by the Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, California.

Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley have teamed up with Belmont University to open up a food pantry. The pantry, called The Store, will be set up like a grocery store – but all the food on the shelves will be free, The Tennessean reports.

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” Paisley, who is the chairman of The Store’s board, 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.”

The Store is located in Nashville, Tennessee, near Belmont’s campus, which is Paisley’s alma mater.

According to the pantry’s website, clients can use the store’s services on a one-year basis. Customers will be referred to The Store by nonprofit and government agencies, per The Tennessean. The organisation aims to serve 3,000 people a year, per its website.

Paisley and Williams-Paisley, who is on The Store’s board, said they were inspired to start the organisation last Thanksgiving when they visited a similar organisation in Santa Barbara, California.

“We took our boys to Unity Shoppe to teach them about serving others and giving back to people in need,” Paisley said, on The Store’s website. “And we came away surprised by what the organisation had taught us. Most people don’t want handouts. They want dignity and respect. Most people want to become self-sufficient.”


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For now, The Store is partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to offer perishable and nonperishable goods, but in the future, the organisation wants to offer other services, like job training and cooking classes, per the website.

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