Hunger Zero Waste plan, @KrogerCo is committed to creating communities free of hunger and waste. We join them in honoring those who do just that. ⠀
Meet Courtney Vrablik, Executive Director at @thestore_nashville. ⠀
Last November, I saw an ad for The Store. Brad and Kimberly Paisley are the founders, and they were looking for an operations manager. I was in management with Amazon at the time, but I’m a former pastry chef, and food is my first passion. In between my career in foodservice and at Amazon, I was a stay-at-home mom. We faced some financial difficulties and needed to utilize the SNAP program and food pantries. All of those things made me compelled to apply for the job.⠀
The standard food pantry is usually organized in a way that whatever is in the box is based on whatever they could obtain, but a lot of the boxes are not necessarily logical. The Store is set up like a grocery store. A family comes in, and after filling out the intake information, they grab a cart and pick out things they know their family will eat. There is an entire produce section with fresh produce that comes in weekly. We stock nutritionally dense, healthful, low-fat items that are easy to combine and prepare. Everyone in the store shopping, they are all basically in the same boat, so it’s a safe place to be. ⠀
When I was using either WIC or the EBT card in a grocery store, there were a number of times people made comments about my purchases. It got to the point where I would grocery shop in the middle of the night because of the anxiety that caused. And if I was shopping with my kids, it was mortifying. ⠀
On average, The Store supplies about 550 households primarily in Davidson County through our delivery and curbside programs. Going home and being able to tell my kids what we’re doing ... they remember what it was like when the pantry and fridge weren’t as full. Being able to let them know that the way they have helped out at home and generally being good kids has helped contribute to my ability to focus on different ways we can help other families because literally, these are our neighbors.
Brad and Kim delivering groceries to our neighbors
Delivering groceries to our neighbors in need this afternoon with The store!
Kroger partnership with 'The Store'
Our partners share our belief that hunger is unacceptable. Thank you Krogers for all your support.
We're Open for Curbside Pickup
Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Store is currently only open for curbside pickup. To be eligible for curbside pickup please bring proof of income and identification with you. Examples of proof of income can be but not limited to, SNAP/EBT benefits, WIC, TANF, child receives free or reduced lunch, household income is below or at the federal poverty line (recent tax return/paystubs), or proof of unemployment/hardship. Examples of identification: State ID, utility or rent bill with name on it that matches the proof of income, passport, or other country passport/identification.
We Have Found a Home
The Paisleys partnered with Brad’s alma mater, Belmont University, to establish the location for The Store (convenient to bus routes, and in the heart of Nashville’s bustling 12 South district). It is a location that provides the ultimate melting pot defined by vision, struggle, growth & heart.
The largest architectural firm in Nashville, ESa is donating their services to design The Store. The property being provided by Belmont will be next to the university’s ministry center. In 2018-19, Belmont University will be piloting the Healthcare and Legal Aid Ministry Clinics. These services will allow us to work closely with their clients to meet any food and nutritional needs.