Mission Possible: How You Can Start and Operate a Soup Kitchen
MISSION POSSIBLE'S primary purpose is to spur the development of new soup kitchens throughout the U.S., in order to help the millions of Americans in need of emergency food assistance. The book is useful to both new soup kitchens and existing soup kitchens that want to improve or expand their operation. It also can help nonprofits that operate food pantries, shelters or other social service facilities.
Mission Possible provides essential information on locating, managing, staffing, publicizing and funding a local soup kitchen. Further it offers practical insight on where to find food and how to serve the meal.
It is based primarily on the authors’ more than 35 years of on-the-ground experience with a soup kitchen in Trenton, New Jersey. Since 1982, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has grown from serving 55,000 meals annually at a single site to a multi-purpose agency serving 175,000 meals annually at four different sites. It also offers a variety of programs designed to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its clients. Its annual budget has grown from $40,000 to around $2,000,000 annually while earning six consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator.
For further information on TASK go to www.trentonsoupkitchen.org
Glowing Praise for Mission Possible:
"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 - 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 too. Foodbanks across the country are actively involved in building the capacity of the charities they serve - this is a great tool for doing just that." - Kathleen F. DiChiara, President and CEO, Community FoodBank of New Jersey