Brad Paisley Says His Free Grocery Store Is Serving “Three Times the Amount of People We Expected”

Brad Paisley Says His Free Grocery Store Is Serving “Three Times the Amount of People We Expected”

Brad Paisley made a virtual appearance on the Today show on April 20 to chat about his new single, “No I in Beer,” and his new nonprofit, The Store—a free grocery store in Nashville that serves individuals and families experiencing food insecurities and financial hardship.

Brad and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley teamed up with Belmont University and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to create The Store, which was slated to open in mid-April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent tornado devastation in Middle Tennessee, the grocery store opened one month early in mid-March.

“We had about a week of operating like we expected when we opened in March, and here we are opening something like this when, basically, all hell breaks loose,” said Brad on Today. “Now we’re already serving three times the amount of people we expected right away. We thought we would soft roll this thing out, like a slow build to what we would become, and all of the sudden we’re kind of thrown into the fire with it, but it’s really going well so far—knock on wood—I think.”

The Store operates as a year-round free grocery store that allows people to shop for their basic needs. Clients will be given the opportunity to come to The Store for a one-year period. There is no charge to those referred or to the people and agencies that send them. They may shop for food to supplement their income during times of crisis and as they work toward self-sufficiency. Brad and Kimberly were inspired to get involved in the Nashville project after volunteering at a similar organization, Unity Shoppe, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Store is located at 2005 12th Ave. S. in Nashville.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell