In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Brad Paisley’s Nashville-based free grocery store is delivering to the elderly. The country star’s nonprofit, The Store, will rely on volunteers to deliver a week’s worth of groceries to vulnerable elderly people living in the Edgehill and Berry Hill neighborhoods of the Tennessee city.
“So, in light of changing times, @thestore_nashville is mobilizing delivery of a week’s groceries to our elderly neighbors in Edgehill and Berry Hill on Wednesdays/Thursdays,” wrote Paisley in the caption of a video he posted to Instagram announcing the plan:
“If anyone needs to be included on this list, we urge them to contact [email protected] Also we will continue to operate regular hours 1-7 Th/F 11-5 Sat for walks ins but please bring ID and either proof of income, proof of residence or statement of unemployment for our recently unemployed neighbors. #nashvillestrong.”
Paisley and his wife, actor Kimberly Williams-Paisley, opened The Store in 2018. In partnership with Belmont University, its intention is to function as a food pantry for those who need it while providing the dignity of a typical grocery store shopping experience. It’s located next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center.
The Store’s delivery plan is not the only measure being taken to protect seniors while ensuring they have access to groceries and essentials during this difficult time. Grocery stores across the country are dedicating certain hours to seniors only in an effort to reduce their exposure to germs. Austin, Texas-based chain H.E.B., Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Dollar General and Target are all participating in the trend. Stores are also adjusting hours in order to clean more frequently to ensure a safe and healthy shopping experience for all shoppers.
“We are setting aside this time to help these customers, who national health authorities have identified as among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, feel more comfortable shopping our stores and helping to ensure they are able to get the items they need in a less-crowded environment,” Whole Foods Market said in a statement.