Free Grocery Store Launched By Brad And Kimberly Williams Paisley Earns $1.5 Million Grant

Pictured (L-R): Kimberly Williams Paisley, Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner, Danielle W. Barnes, Brad Paisley and Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher

A free grocery store in Nashville that was previously founded by Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly Paisley, along with Belmont University, has been awarded a $1.5 million state grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

The store, an adjacent nonprofit of Belmont’s Ministry Center, provides local, low-income families with support through food provisions, education, health screenings, legal aid clinics, mental health counseling and music therapy.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Through the work of our Ministry Center and our partnership with Brad and Kimberly on The Store, Belmont is deeply committed to providing services to underserved children and families in our community, and this 2Gen grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services will significantly enhance the scope and delivery of the services we offer. We are grateful for their belief in our work, and I’m excited to witness how this grant expands the impact our students, faculty and staff can have on our neighbors.”

“One thing we know is that when we focus on the needs of both the parent and the child together we are able to break generational cycles of poverty and build a thriving Tennessee,” said Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “Belmont University is at the forefront of innovation in providing unique two generational wrap around services in the heart of Nashville. Partnerships such as these are vital to building strong families and communities.”

The Store is set to open early next year. Belmont students in a variety of fields, including healthcare, law, business, music therapy and more, will gain hands-on experience in their areas of study, under the direction of professional staff and faculty.

The Store Executive Director Gina Hancock added, “This grant is the glue that is bringing the work of The Store and the Belmont Ministry Center together in a way that will help us both have the biggest impact possible on the people in our community.”

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