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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New Jersey Newsroom

It depends on how you look at inequality, welfare and food stamps
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

David Shipler, the author of Working Poor Invisible in America, writes that "virtually everything worthwhile written about American poverty is essentially about moral failure. It is the failure of the society (according to liberals) or of the poor themselves (according to conservatives)."

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New Jersey Newsroom

Handicapping the Democratic candidates for the presidency in 2020
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

Assembly-line jobs will not be coming back because of negotiating better trade deals, ending immigration or disavowing climate change and allowing companies to flaunt environmental rules and regulations. The primary reason for the decline of Rust Belt-type jobs is automation and it is inevitable.

Democrats need to make it clear that they do not view working-class Trump voters as "deplorables," but instead see them as deserving of the American Dream. They need to clearly articulate a comprehensive program to help those who lost their jobs by re-tooling for the future. It should include providing a combination of health care subsidies and scholarship assistance for their children.

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New Jersey Newsroom

The next mayor of Trenton
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

There are seven certified candidates to be Trenton's next Mayor - Alex Bethea, Reed Gusciora, Darren "Freedom" Green, Duncan Harrison, Annette Lartigue, Paul Perez, and Walker Worthy. With that many candidates and given the ethnic make-up of Trenton, it is unlikely that any candidate will garner more than the 50% percent of the votes needed to win the election on May 8th.

I've come to this conclusion, because five of the seven candidates are African-American. They will, in all likelihood, split the 51% of Trenton's total population that is black. I'm not suggesting that the black candidates will not get any of population that is Hispanic (32.1%) or White (14.5%), but it will probably not be enough, to avoid a run-off between the two top contenders on June 12th.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Republicans are hypocrites on states' rights
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

I can't tell you how many times over the years and on how many different issues Republicans in Congress have justified their failure to act by contending that a particular an action was not within their purview, but instead fell within the jurisdiction of state or local government according to the United States Constitution.

Republicans have consistently asserted that individual states and local municipalities should control domestic policy. They have argued that different states have different histories and cultures and for that reason imposing national policies in various areas is inappropriate. They often argue that since states came together to form the United States, most powers belong to them. Advocates of states' rights generally support their position by referring to political powers reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment: "Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated." Suffice to say that this clause is broad and open to multiple interpretations.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Thoughts on Muoio's successor
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

My last column entitled "The Demise of Mercer County Republican Party" (January 4, 2018), explained the reasons we have had one-party government in Mercer County. In this column, I will make the case that with one-party rule comes a responsibility to promote openness.

On balance, I believe that one-party government under Brian Hughes has served the residents of Mercer County well. I generally have been impressed with the governmental performance of the Hughes administration. Appointments to key department-level roles have been made based on merit. The Freeholders have not rubber-stamped the County Executive's budget and with rare exceptions there have been few hints of political corruption.

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New Jersey Newsroom

Thoughts on Mercer's political parties
The Times of Trenton Newapaper
By Irwin Stoolmacher

The Republican Party dominated Mercer County politics from 1979-2003 and now they are completely gone from the scene.

Bill Mathesius followed by Bob Prunetti each served three consecutive four-year terms as County Executive during that period.

With the election of Brian Hughes in 2003 as County Executive the Republicans have been eclipsed at the county-level. How did that happen?

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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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