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Brad Paisley is addressing the issue of hunger head-on by opening a grocery store where everything is free.
The country singer and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have partnered with his alma mater Belmont University to construct the grocery store, which will be named The Store.
According to the Associated Press, Paisley and his wife got the idea after volunteering at a similar store in Santa Barbara, California. Construction on The Store, which will be located on Belmont’s campus, should be completed by the end of the year.
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We are happy to announce we broke ground on THE STORE today!! I loved seeing so much support from the community and meeting some of the people we will hopefully be able to serve with our free grocery (Yes clearly I need to work on my hard hat skillz. Good thing I’ll leave the building to the professionals at @jandsconstruction ). Become a part of The Store with our brick campaign! See link in profile for more info! 🍏 🍎 @thestore_nashville @belmontu
“Hunger and food insecurity is a real issue in Nashville,” said Williams-Paisley. “One in seven people deal with food insecurity. That means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. And it’s even worse for kids, one in five children.”
“We really want to get people before this is a major crisis,” Williams-Paisley said of the store which will operate like a real grocery store, minus any money changing hands. “We want to help people in this gap where they are trying to get back on their feet.”