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

Trump is Using Racism and Xenophobia to Pit Us Against "Them."
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

There is disagreement among pundits as to whether the primary cause of America's white-working class fixation with Trump was because of economic anxiety or racism.

Paul Krugman says the "economic anxiety is not a good predictor of Trump supporters.... Racial antagonism is a good indicator of who's a Trump supporter. Krugman's view was supported by an ABC News/Washington Post Poll that found if you believe men and whites have "too little" influence" in American society, you were far more likely to support Trump.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Handicapping the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates: An Unscientific Poll
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

All area seniors are invited to attend the Monday lunchtime meetings of the Golden Age Club of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) at Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville. The meeting features either an entertainer or speaker. Lunch is provided for a suggested donation of $2.00 (for further information call the JCC at 609-606-7070). On November 5th I was honored to handicap the crowded 2020 Democratic Presidential field.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Pitfalls to Avoid in Determining Charities to Support
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

We are coming up to that time of the year when both your traditional and online mailboxes will be filled with appeals from local and national charities seeking your donations. If you are like me, you have a drawer somewhere in your house overflowing with low-cost give-away premiums — return address stickers, small “things to do” pads, and greeting cards that you received from nonprofits seeking your support.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Income Inequality is Bad News for New Jersey
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

We are in the midst of the highest level of income inequality ever and it is widening. According to Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, "America currently has the most inequality, and the least opportunity, among the advanced countries."

Nationwide, in the last ten years, 95 percent of the economic gains have gone to the top 1 percent of earners. Our nation's wealthiest 25 billionaires have more that $1 trillion in wealth, that's the equivalent to the wealth of 56 percent of the rest of the population. In New Jersey, according to 2012-2016 Census data, income inequality is getting worse in 14 of our state's 21 counties. In Mercer County, the median income in West Windsor is now $167,629 and just $34,257 in Trenton.

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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

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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