Country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have opened a free grocery store in Nashville, Tennessee, to help people in need.
The supermarket called The Store allows families who are referred by nonprofit and government agencies to shop at the grocery free of charge for one year so that they can get back on their feet, Today reported.
The Store is inspired by @TheUnityShoppe located in Santa Barbara, Ca. Unity Shoppe has been helping families in the community for more than 100 years. @BradPaisley & @Kimwilliamspais first visited Unity Shoppe with their sons. Read full story at https://t.co/uteSi16r29 pic.twitter.com/si2bsQNT2D
— TheStoreNashville (@TheStoreNash) October 6, 2018
The Store operates like any other market. Customers walk through the aisles to pick out their own fruits, vegetables, cereal, etc., that they need and check out at the register. But the main difference is that no money changes hands.
With the help from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other organizations, they will provide the food to the shop.
In addition, all of the foods at the store will also meet dietary guidelines created by dietitians from the food bank.
The store located at Paisley’s alma mater, Belmont University—at 2005 12th Ave. S., next to the University’s Ministry Center and close to local bus routes.
The idea came after the Paisleys with their children went to the Unity Shoppe, a 100-year-old free grocery store, 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. “And we came away surprised by what the organization had taught us. Most people don’t want handouts. They want dignity and respect. Most people want to become self-sufficient.”
“We really want to get to people before it’s a major crisis. We want to help people in this gap where they’re trying to get back on their feet and they just need a little bit of extra help,” Williams-Paisley said, CNN reported.
The couple volunteered and hope to eventually expand services provided by The Store to include job training, as well as cooking and nutrition classes.
For more information about The Store click here.