Brad Paisley climbed up on a backhoe and officially broke ground in Nashville where his amazing new grocery store to support needy families will soon be built.
Paisley is building the store with the help of his alma mater Belmont University.
The country star and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, said they got the idea after volunteering with their kids at a similar store called the Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, California.
"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."
The store will operate like a real grocery store so that people can go shopping through the aisles and Belmont students and other volunteers will scan their items, but no money will change hands.
"We really want to get people before this is a major crisis," Williams-Paisley said. "We want to help people in this gap where they are trying to get back on their feet."
The store will be located on Belmont's campus and next to the university's Ministry Center, which will provide heath care and legal aid ministry clinic and is projected to be completed by the end of the year.
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