How to run a Soup Kitchen

Irwin Stoolmacher, Martin Tuchman and Peter Wise have more than 35 years of experience working with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Mission Possible: How You Can Start and Operate a Soup Kitchen is a product of that experience.

Mission Possible is a book with a simple purpose – to spur the development of new soup kitchens where they are needed. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting that the number of Americans living in households that lack consistent access to adequate food at an all time high, thousands upon thousands of our citizens could be spared the pain and indignity of hunger if additional soup kitchens were to be opened.

Mission Possible provides practical and crucial information on how to raise funds, acquire food, recruit volunteers and much more. The book will be equally helpful to those who want to expand their existing soup kitchen or add a hot meal program to a food pantry, overnight shelter or other social service program.

According to the authors "operating a soup kitchen can be very challenging, but it is also replete with daily rewards as you do your part to help reduce the level of hunger in your community. TASK is a highly-effective and efficient provider of meals to those who are hungry in Trenton, serving over 3,500 meals per week Monday-Friday."  TASK has earned 7 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the leading evaluator of nonprofits in the nation."

Mission Possible contains 14 chapters and four information-packed Appendices. Each chapter is composed of two sections: a two to three page overview of the subject followed by a list of tips and guides to some of the more subtle operations of a soup kitchen. Mission Possible 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.

Co-author Martin Tuchman conceived the book project and his foundation, the Tuchman Foundation, has underwritten the book, which is published by Open Door Publications, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Books can be purchased for $15.00 through TASK by contacting Jaime Parker at TASK. P.O. Box 872, Trenton, New Jersey 08605 or [email protected].  All profits from the sale of the book will go to TASK. Mission Possible is also available through as a paperback.  The Kindle version will be available later this year. .

The complete content of the book is also available on-line as a downloadable pdf file at no cost at