Mission Possible

How You Can Start and Operate a Soup Kitchen

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.

Glowing Praise for Mission Possible

E. Roy Riley, Bishop, New Jersey Synod, ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

Almost everyone wants to do something to make a difference. Visionary leaders of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K) have made a huge difference in the lives of their patrons and in those of us who have been privileged to work with them. Mission Possible is about the best practices that have changed peoples’ lives…

Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, Author, Growing Up Empty: How Federal Policies are Starving America’s Children; Starving in the Shadow of Plenty

Mission Possible is a practical, deeply inspiring guide filled with basic information on how to start a soup kitchen. It is needed now more than ever.

Fran Dolan, Former Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Trenton

Mission Possible is important and unfortunately most relevant for the simple but urgent fact that growing numbers of Americans go hungry due to the lack of money to purchase food. The authors are well respected leaders in the community with recognized skills and competence in the non-profit sector. This book is an outstanding overview of…

Rev. John Dear, author, The Question of Jesus and A Persistent Peace

Working in a soup kitchen is one the hardest yet most fulfilling tasks. Most, soup kitchen work is holy work. It’s God’s work. Of course, we need to abolish hunger, poverty, war and nuclear weapons, but as we work for justice, we need to feed our hungry neighbors, for they are God in disguise. This…

Kathleen F. DiChiara, President and CEO – Community Food Bank of New Jersey

This is the best and most complete guide that I have ever seen for anyone considering beginning a soup kitchen. Step by step it will guide – it covers everything – but it is so much more. For those soup kitchens ready to do more than provide a meal, this is a guide for you…

Robert L.E. Egger President, DC Central Kitchen Campus Kitchens Project/V3 Campaign

In these rough and tumble times, when the number of our neighbors who are hungry, or who are coming up short during any given month continues to escalate, the publishing of Mission Possible could not be more timely. The authors have done a great job of taking what was learned at the Trenton Area Soup…

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About the Authors

Irwin S. Stoolmacher, Martin Tuchman & Peter C. Wise have more than 70 years of front-line experience working with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).
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Visits to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

If you would like to learn more about the operation of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen you can arrange a site visit and/or seminar at TASK. For further information on TASK’s services and programs go to www.trentonsoupkitchen.org

At this time you will meet the wonderful staff of TASK and see first-hand the magic of this special place. There is no fee for the site visit/lecture.

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