NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in six Americans will go to bed hungry tonight.
Now a Plano-based company is working to change that and claims to have the solution to fighting hunger in America.
Ending hunger is the mission at Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people feed just one!” one worker urged.
Now, Minnie’s Food Pantry founder Cheryl Jackson and volunteers there have a new partner in their battle to fight hunger.
A website called tangotab.com has already helped the pantry feed tens of thousands and they hope it’s just the beginning.
“TangoTab is a dining resource where people can find great offers at restaurants,” website founder Andre Angel explained.
TangoTab is similar to other coupon websites. It’s a free service that focuses specifically on dining… but with a twist. At TangoTab when you eat someone else eats too.
“Every time you dine out using one of our offers effectively we donate a meal to a hungry person,” Angel said.
North Dallas’ Norma’s Café is one of countless restaurants that offer coupons and discounts on the website.
“That’s the real neat part about TangoTab,” café owner Ed Murph said enthusiastically, “you can put an offer out there when there is a slow week or a period that you want to highlight.”
Murph not only likes how the website benefits his business, but how it helps the community.
“The fact that they would actually reach into their corporate pocket and want to feed somebody and here at Norma’s that’s the same attitude we have,” he said.
So, as Minnie’s Food Pantry heads into summer — a time when school is out and more people tend to go without– they’re thankful for all the help they can get.
“It’s going to take the entire community to feed the hungry during the summer,” Jackson said.
Thus far in 2012, between the months of January and April, TangoTab donated 83,000 meals to area food banks.
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