Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley have partnered with Brad’s alma mater, Belmont University, to open a free grocery called “The Store.” The Store will provide both fresh and nonperishable groceries to individuals and families in need for one year and will be convenient to bus routes in the heart of Nashville’s bustling 12 South district (Located at 2005 12th Ave. S. next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center). ESa is donating their architectural services to design The Store and the property being provided by Belmont. The Store will also partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other organizations to provide both fresh and nonperishable groceries and also plan to set up a toy aisle over the holidays.
The Paisleys were inspired by a similar store in Santa Barbara, California. Customers will be referred by nonprofit and government agencies. The nonprofit has an initial goal to serve 3,000 people per year. The Store as two funding needs: constructing the actual storefront and establishing enough funding to meet their operational needs for food. Their goal to break ground is $500,000 with a total construction target of $1.2 million. The groundbreaking will be in 2019. Their two-year operating funding goal is $800,000. Donations are greatly appreciated and you can do just that by clicking here.
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