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

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

The Jersey way: too narrow definition of political corruption
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

In November of this last year, Senator Robert Menendez's 11-week corruption trial ended in hung jury. In January of this year, all charges against him were dismissed. Senator Menendez jubilantly and defiantly declared "Today is Resurrection Day," he said. "To those of you, who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won't forget."

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New Jersey Newsroom

The Trenton mayor's race
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Let me begin this column by indicating that I supported Assemblyman Reed Gusciora to be Trenton's next Mayor. I felt he had the best qualifications to lead the revitalization of Trenton. I was very surprised that the Democratic establishment didn't agree with my choice and didn't get behind Gusciora's candidacy until the June 12th run-off election between Gusciora and Paul Perez.

Compared to the rest of New Jersey, Mercer County politics is generally pretty tranquil. The Democrats, the predominant party in Mercer, run a relatively low-keyed non-dictatorial operation. When you compare it with Hudson County, where I spent a few years, it is downright tranquil.

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New Jersey Newsroom

What's right is right
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Each year the Rescue Mission of Trenton stages a miniature golf fundraising event. The event is named in honor of Adam Shank, a deceased long-time devoted member of the Mission's Board of Directors, who was very fond of saying "What's Right is Right."

I've been extremely depressed lately because I'm seeing far too many examples of situations where folks are not prepared to stand up for what is obviously right.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Job-relevant experience matters
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

I've read a lot lately about various non-politicians considering running for political office at various levels. They no doubt feel that if Donald Trump can do it, so can they. The idea of folks devoid of relevant experience filling high-level offices troubles me. Think about a pilot or a brain surgeon without experience.

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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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