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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Trentonian Newapaper

Trump’s Attack on Basic Democratic Norms
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Polls reveal that wage stagnation was one of the underlying reasons blue collar working-class voters in the rust belt voted for Donald Trump. These voters were very angry about being disregarded by politicians on both sides of the aisle, as their wages stagnated for decades. It is a group that in a study by Princeton University Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton and his wife Anne Case was found to have had an alarming spike in their mortality rate in the period 1999 to 2013 as their dreams of the good life vanished for themselves and their children. Denton and Case called it “death by despair.”

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Unions Help Level the Planning Field
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By Irwin Stoolmacher

Let me put my cards on the table. I’m pro-union. My daughter is the Manager of Membership and Administration of the New England Office of SAG-AFTRA. I believe that strong unions are one of the most effective means available to level the playing field in America. I’m concerned that the gap between the rich and the poor will grow even wider if union membership continues to decline (now half of what it was in 1983).

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Reflections on the Bridegate Scandal
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By Irwin Stoolmacher

Julie Roginsky is a very savvy Democratic operative, who I generally agree with. However, I don’t agree with her recent comment regarding Bridgegate. Here’s what Julie said, “I have a very big problem with the notion that we are sending anyone to prison for a dumb stunt that doesn’t merit incarceration.”

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Trentonian Newapaper

Excessive Hubris in Mercer County Politics
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

This column is going to explore some possible explanations for the recent bizarre political behavior in the City of Trenton and Hamilton Township.

Let’s start with the City of Trenton. Municipal government is by-and-large dysfunctional. The level of antagonism towards Mayor Gusciora by the majority of the Council is palatable. The Council rejected a development proposal that would have brought a significant number of jobs to Trenton and replaced an eyesore in the Roebling Complex with an attractive new building. Granted the Mayor could have done a better job of presenting the project to Council -- not as a fait accompli but rather a joint undertaking of the Administration and Council. Nonetheless, the Council rejection of the Princetel proposal to redevelop the rundown Roebling building known as Block II was wrong and, like many of their actions, irresponsible and counterproductive. The Council definitely has oversight responsible but not carte blanche to take actions that are detrimental to Trenton’s best interest simply because they do not like the way the Mayor, or for that matter the State, is operating.

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Trentonian Newapaper

The Inequality Gap is Growing
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Professional golfer Matt Kuchar’s financial treatment of his caddie in the Mayakoba Golf Classic late last year was the embodiment of the “ugly un-sharing American.” Kuchar won $1.296 million in the tournament in Mexico and initially paid his substitute caddy $5,000. A controversy erupted as many claimed that Kurchar had, for all intensive purposes, stiffed this local caddy. Normally tour caddies receive 10 percent of a player’s winnings. Kuchar’s regular caddie, John Wood, couldn’t work the week of Mayakoba, so Kuchar hired a local caddie.

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Trentonian Newapaper

Money and New Jersey Politics
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

The two kingpins of New Jersey politics, Governor Phil Murphy and power broker George Norcross III, are both very rich and have used their enormous wealth to secure political power. They are evidence that Jesse Unruh, the former powerful Speaker of the California Assembly, got it right when he said: “Money is the mother’s milk of politic.”

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Trentonian Newapaper

2020: Pete Buttigieg my new long-shot choice
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

On February 13th my column’s headline was “2020: Bloomberg my choice at this juncture.” Bloomberg decided not to run, so here is my new pick - the self-described 37-year-old “Midwestern millennial Mayor” of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg (pronounced "buddha-judge" or “boot-edge-edge). If elected, Buttigieg would be the youngest President in our nation’s history, the first candidate ever to jump from City Hall to the White House and our first openly gay President.

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Trentonian Newapaper

People Who Make My Skin Crawl
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By Irwin Stoolmacher

Actor Jussie Smollett, Governor Chris Christie and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham all make my skin crawl.

Jussie Smollett has beat the rap and will not face prison time or have a record for filing a false police report pertaining to a concocted attack he planned and had executed. The Cook County prosecutor dropped all 16 counts against Smollet. His only punishment was two days of community service and the forfeiting his $10,000 bond. This action was taken in spite of the fact that the Illinois prosecutor believed that Smollett staged the racist and homophoic attack and was not innocent. “Our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence, Jussie Smollett is neither of those,” Joseph Magat told CBS News when asked why his office would abandon the case if he felt the actor was guilty.

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Trentonian Newapaper

The Dysfunctional Trenton Municipal Government
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Over the past thirty plus years I have worked with a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the City of Trenton whose missions are to assist those who need a helping hand. Municipal government could learn a lot about how to operate from observing the way Trenton’s charities work collaboratively.

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Trentonian Newapaper

Trenton Catholic Academy and Sister Dorothy Payne
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Sister Dorothy Payne, the President of Trenton Catholic Academy (TCA) and a humble, compassionate, powerful, fearless leader passed away on February 3, leaving a legacy that must be continued.

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Trentonian Newapaper

A Progressive Perspective: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

The Good

Two good compromises were recently reached. One was in New Jersey and the other in Los Angeles. In New Jersey, a compromise was reached that increased the minimum wage from $8.75 per hour to $15 by 2024. During his campaign for Governor, Phil Murphy strongly committed to the drive for $15. To strike a deal with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) the Governor agreed to push back the implementation deadline for farm workers and seasonal and small businesses. Unfortunately, the compromise didn’t include a carve-out for teens 16-18 years of age.

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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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