In its quarterly newsletter, The Spotlight, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) highlighted the Biden Administration’s plan to combat anti-semitism and hate with food, while displaying a recipe for cheesy potato soup.
The recipe includes bacon, making it unacceptable for religious Jews attempting to follow a kosher diet.
“The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition is proud to play a role in helping to highlight how social activities such as sports, cooking, and breaking bread together can build community solidarity and counter antisemitism and other forms of hate,” Maine’s DHHS said in its newsletter.
The Biden Administration published its 60-page plan in May, which highlights the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) role in combating antisemitism, by increasing the availability of kosher and halal foods.
Since the publication of Biden’s plan, antisemitic incidents have increased by 316 percent following Hamas’ terror attacks on Israel in October.
Amidst this staggering rise in antisemitism, including in Maine, both on college campuses and at pro-Hamas protests in Portland, Maine’s DHHS has chosen to combat the issue with food.
It is unclear whether the DHHS’ cheesy potato soup has prevented any antisemitic incidents or reduced hate in any way.
In the same newsletter DHHS highlighted its scent policy, reminding employees to be mindful of how much perfume they wear while in the office.
Read the whole newsletter below.