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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New Jersey Newsroom

The "deserving" vs. "undeserving" poor"
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

The aphorism says "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" is familiar to many. While I agree with the underlying premise of the aphorism, it has always troubled me a little as it seems to diminish the importance of addressing immediate needs. When someone is drowning, priority number one should be providing them with a lifeline.

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New Jersey Newsroom

I'll hold my nose and vote for Menendez
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Back in June, I wrote that after Senator Robert Menendez was "severely admonished" by the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee for accepting $1 million in extravagant gifts, airplane flights, lavish hotel rooms and almost a million dollars in campaign contributions from his wealthy friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, Democrats should have buttonholed him and made it clear that he would not have the party's support in his re-election campaign.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Filling Vacancy on Freeholder Boards
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

On Wednesday September 5th the Mercer County Democratic Committee held a convention and selected Nina Melker from among seven candidates to fill the unexpired term of Freeholder Anthony Verrelli on the Board of Freeholders. Verrelli (Hopewell) stepped down from the seven-member Freehold Board when selected as the Party's replacement to fill the unexpired Assembly term of Reed Guscioria who was elected Mayor of Trenton on June 12th of this year.

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New Jersey Newsroom

The Murphy Administration Should Embrace Across-the-Board Mean-Testings
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

It is widely recognized that Denmark has a very generous welfare system. In spite of the fact that they are among the most heavily taxed folks on earth - a 56.5 percent marginal-tax rate that triggers at the $80,000 income level - their citizens consistently indicate they are extremely happy with their ample welfare system.

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New Jersey Newsroom

The President is nefarious
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

After one and a half years of the Trump presidency, I've come to the conclusion that the adjective that best describes our President is "nefarious." Nefarious is defined as wicked. Synonyms of the word include: evil, sinful, iniquitous, heinous, atrocious, vile, foul, abominable, odious, depraved, monstrous, fiendish, diabolical, unspeakable, and despicable.

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New Jersey Newsroom

President Trump and Terrorism
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

The Trump presidency has been a travesty and tragedy for America and the world. Nowhere is this more evident than how he has addressed the issue of radical Islamic terrorism. Jim Sues, head of the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations got it right when he said he is doing nothing short of attempting to "incite violence against Muslims."

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New Jersey Newsroom

We need competent, not less government
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

In Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address he uttered one his most famous lines: "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

Reagan was making the point that big government was not the solution to the economic crisis he had inherited from Jimmy Carter. Reagan wasn't saying government is the problem in general - his concern, like the Trump administration, was programs for the poor.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Editorial: Proposed cuts to food program are immoral
By NCR Editorial Staff

Sometimes it feels hard to keep up with the myriad scandals swirling around the Trump White House. From alleged payoffs to a porn star and ongoing inquiries into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the headlines come at a dizzying pace. The lurid spectacle of it all should not blind us to actual policy scandals that make a mockery of the administration's laughable claim to being "pro-life."

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NJ Spotlight

Op-Ed: Drastic SNAP Cuts Would Be Devastating Domestic Disaster
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

In New Jersey, some 850,000 people receive more than $1 billion annually from SNAP to help buy food. Converting the program to a block grant would slash funds

Hunger affects one out of seven American men, woman, and children. Some 42.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including more than 13 million children. For this reason, America faces a potentially devastating domestic malnutrition disaster if the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program) is converted to a block grant program and funding is slashed by $150 billion over 10 years.

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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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