MISSION POSSIBLE is a book with a simple purpose: to spur the development of new soup kitchens where they are needed

The book and the website are underwritten by the Tuchman Foundation, headed by Martin Tuchman, the conceiver of the project and one of the book’s co-authors.

The book contains 14 chapters and 4 appendices. Each chapter is composed of two sections: a two to three page overview of the subject followed by a list of tips, guides to some of the more subtle operations of a soup kitchen.

The book is organized in chronological fashion. It will take you from very conceptual considerations to relatively detailed instructions on the most common challenges you will face. In all cases, our essential goal has been to be practical and helpful.

Since the books release in July 2011 and its availability as a downloadable file, individuals in all 50 states and more than 150 different countries have downloaded the book.





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We cannot be silent
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Lionel Shrivers' dystopian novel, "The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047," chronicles the economic and subsequent social collapse of the United States. The book is harrowing - for me even worse than the starkness of what was lost was as, The New York Times reviewer Ruth Franklin wrote, the "ease with which people adapt to their new circumstances." I found the acceptance of the inextricable disintegration of the quality and comforts of everyday life extremely troubling.

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Thoughts on Trump, Clinton, & Sanders
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Any serious inquiry into why Donald Trump was able to defeat Hillary needs to start by pointing out that while the majority of voters had concerns about both his temperament and his qualifications to serve as president he still won.  Nevertheless, about 20% of those who thought he lacked the temperament and 18% of those who thought him unqualified held their noses and voted for him.  They did so for three primary reasons:  party affiliation (90% of Republicans came home to roost), more Democrats crossed over and supported Trump than Republicans crossed over and supported Hillary, and those who sought change (68%) voted for Trump.  As flawed as Trump was, Hillary was seen as even worse by a significant segment of the electorate.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Thoughts on Trump & DeVos
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

More and more we are becoming an opt-out society in which we provide more and more chances for our citizens to opt-out of a particular activity or program.  Buried on page eight of the December 26, 2016 Sports Illustrated was a tiny little note that read "IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE. The annual SI Swimsuit Issue will be published in February.  If you're a subscriber and would prefer not to receive it, call our customer service center toll-free at 1-888-228-1175."    

On the surface, this trend appears to be a good thing - consistent with the cherished American value of self-determination. However, I'm beginning to think that the proliferation of opt-out opportunities is very detrimental. Like an evasive weed, if left uncheck, it could destroy our social cohesiveness and corrode the melting pot that is America.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Thoughts on Trump
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Donald Trump will be my president on January 20 and I accept that, but he frightens me. The number one priority of any president is our nation's security. We live in a very unstable world with erratic leaders who possess nuclear weapons. I'm fearful that his proclivity to simplify reality, distort facts and impulsively shoot from the hip will have catastrophic consequences. When it comes to international affairs loose lips and twittering fingers can sink ships.

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New Jersey Newsroom

How to fix 1 of our country's biggest problems
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

One of the prime reasons that Hillary Clinton was defeated by Donald Trump was her nasty comment dichotomizing Donald Trump supporters into two baskets.

"You could put half of Trump's supporters, into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racists, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic - you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up." She went on to explain that the other basket of Trump's supporters "are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, no body worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they're just desperate for change. It doesn't really even matter where it comes from. They don't buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won't wake up and see their jobs differently, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they're in a dead end."

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New Jersey Newsroom

With Money So Tight, We Need to Get Rid of Poor-Performing Charities
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

America faces a potentially devastating domestic disaster the likes of which we have not seen in our history. As more and more charities seek money to deal with escalating problems, private support is stagnant and government money is on the decline.

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A recent message received on the Mission Possible website from a Social Worker in Rhode Island

I saw your book advertised in the SUNY Binghamton Alumni News. I am a clinical social worker living in Rhode Island. Part of what I do here is run a transitional house for homeless adults. The Board and I are meeting shortly to consider new projects that we might undertake, as services for caring for the homeless population have undergone some shifts which have presented us with new challenges.

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Book receives praise from South Africa

Book receives praise from South Africa

I just want to say thank you for the book. I'm based in South Africa and working with the Ward Councillor who wants to start several soup kitchens for his community. Thank You!

About the Authors

Irwin S. Stoolmacher, Martin Tuchman & Peter C. Wise have more than thirty-five years of in the trenches experience working with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

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