Whole Foods Stands By Decision to Feed National Guard in Baltimore, Deletes Photo of Event

Whole Foods is defending its decision to serve lunch to National Guardsman patrolling the streets of Baltimore on Tuesday, despite an outcry from online commenters who argue the food should have gone to the local community.

“We teamed up with Whole Foods Market Mt. Washington to make sandwiches for the men and women keeping Baltimore safe. We are so thankful to have them here and they’re pumped for Turkey & Cheese,” one of the supermarket’s local store’s posted on Instagram Tuesday with a photo of members of the National Guard holding up a Whole Foods bag. The post appeared to have been deleted by Wednesday afternoon.

After receiving a wave of backlash for the post, Whole Foods spokeswoman Katie Malloy explained to ABC News: “We’re all Baltimoreans and have supported community organizations for many years to improve lives around our city. Currently, we are providing food and water to children across our city by partnering with rec centers and community organizations, and have been doing so in parallel with providing food and water to first responders.”