Whole Foods & Five Guys come under fire for tone-deaf police stunt

Public school closures meant high-need kids couldn't get free and reduced-price lunches

Published April 28, 2015 8:00PM (EDT)

       (AP/Steven Senne)
(AP/Steven Senne)

All Baltimore City public schools were closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests breaking out across the city in response to Freddie Gray's death. About 84 percent of students in city's public schools receive free or reduced-price lunches, according to the school district's website. The closings mean that these students were unable to access these lunches, and churches and community centers have been scrambling to fill the gap.

That's why it was so shocking to hear that Whole Foods and Five Guys had taken the initiative to provide free food for National Guard soldiers instead of for thousands of high-need children.

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Whole Foods has since removed the post from its Facebook page, but not before Twitter could become thoroughly outraged:

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Whole Foods and Five Guys did not immediately respond to Salon.com's request for comment.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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