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.

This short documentary explores the root causes of hunger in New Jersey Capital City, and how TASK is working to meet the needs of Trenton's poor and less fortunate.


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More thoughts on Trump
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

s there any rational explanation for President Trump's increasingly irrational behavior? Not if you view his performance from a traditional two-party perspective. Rather than building bridges with congressional Republicans he continues to viciously attack and criticize them. If, however, President Trump has decided to run as a third-party candidate in 2020, it may not be irrational at all. He will blame his inability to get anything done to the entrenched status quo consisting of both political parties and the "fake media." He will be blameless.

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Thoughts on Buono, Guadagno, & Oliver
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Nationwide women have come a long way since Christie Todd Whitman defeated Governor James Florio in 1993 to become New Jersey's first female governor. As of May 2017, 39 women have served or are serving as the governor of a U.S. state. This does not mean that the pathway to the Governorship in New Jersey is easy nowadays for women. Both Barbara Buono, Chris Christie's Democratic opponent in 2013, and Kim Guadagno, this year's Republican nominee, have encountered various challenges that continue to plague female candidates for high-level office.

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Addressing SNAP Cuts: 21st Century Soup Kitchen
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

One in six – that’s how many Americans do not have enough to eat and face the pain and indignity of hunger on a regular basis. Some 43 million Americans are described as “food insecure”, the term used to describe people who suffer from chronic hunger. These numbers include over thirteen million hungry children.  They live in our cities, our suburbs and our rural areas.

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Charter schools not an education cure-all
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

The most important institution in America is our public school systems. It is the primary vehicle for providing individuals with the opportunity to make something of themselves and the linchpin of our nation's shared sense of citizenship. Our best public schools are still probably the best in the world. Yet reams of statistics reveal that too many of our schools, especially in urban areas with high levels of poverty, are failing abysmally.

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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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Thoughts on Westbrook & LeBron
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Condoleezza Rice, in her new book, "Democracy: Stories on the Long Road to Freedom," argues that the mission of American's foreign policy should be the promotion of democratic values. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson feels that our foreign policy should be based primarily on national security and economic interests rather than on values. The Washington Post in a recent editorial wrote that Tillerson "seems to put values in a basket of their own, separate from 'America First' national interests."

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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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