Coronavirus Pandemic Changed Brad Paisley, Wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s Plans for Free Nashville Grocery Store
Or maybe they did, but not like this.
Shortly after the free-for-those-in-need grocery store opened, a devastating tornado hit Music City; then, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit Nashville, too. Now that many people are without jobs, without pay and without ways to feed their families, each week, the Paisleys have spun their plans to assist in times of need.
"We are already seeing three times what we expected right away," Paisley told Today's Hoda Kotb on Monday morning (April 20). "We thought we would soft roll this thing out, have a slow build to what we would become, and all of a sudden, we are thrown into the fire. But it's really going well so far, knock on wood."
The coronavirus especially has changed the map of what the Store is and its importance to the local community. Last month, the Store began delivering food to senior citizens during the pandemic (seniors are considered to be at a higher risk should they catch the virus).
“We had about a week of where we were operating as we expected in March," Paisley explains, "and then here we are opening something like this when basically all hell breaks loose."
"People are utilizing this time to connect and to feel solidarity as human beings," the singer says of the song, which he wrote in 2018 with fellow songwriter Kelley Lovelace. "This song wasn’t written for this specific moment we are all facing, but it takes on a new meaning for me when I hear it now."
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