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USA Today has a story about how Whole Foods is facing criticisms "on social media after one of the Baltimore stores posted photos of National Guard members holding free food from the grocery chain. People on Twitter and Facebook lashed out against Whole Foods and called the move tone deaf to the children in Baltimore public schools who were going without free lunch while schools were closed Tuesday over safety concerns."

The story notes that more than eight out of 10 Baltimore public school students "receive free or reduced-price lunches," and that Whole Foods has responded to the criticisms "by partnering with rec centers and community organizations."
KC's View:
I am not going to pretend to have any sort of insights into the horrible events that are unfolding in Baltimore. I cannot imagine what it is like to be a member of a community that find sit hard to conceive of a future with any hope, and I am struggling to appreciate the difference between destructive rioting and what I've heard described as non non-violent civil disobedience.

But I think that Whole Foods feeding people who are trying to keep the peace - who have been thrust into a seemingly unsolvable situation that is decades in the making - is worth admiring, not criticizing. And I expect that Whole Foods and other retailers, if history is any indicator, are doing a lot to help Baltimore's children. They almost always do.