TangoTab’s mission to end hunger revolves around creating sustainable solutions that get food to people in need.
Leveraging technology, TangoTab built a business model that generates funds through the use of the free TangoTab app and provides a meal to a hungry person for every meal consumed via the app– When You Eat, They Eat.
Our initial approach was to provide meals through local food banks and pantries. However, as we continue to grow and evolve our model, we have decided to adapt the wisdom of an old Chinese proverb:
This has allowed us to use the funds we generate to support individuals and organizations working together to improve local access to nutritious food through efforts that improve the overall community.
Some of the benefits of such change range from physical health benefits to the psychological benefits of community to the economic benefits of employing those who need work.
For instance, the Dallas-based farming initiative F.A.R.M. (Farmers Assisting Returning Military) creates employment opportunities for veterans in need of jobs who also need support overcoming PTSD.
TangoTab is proud to support initiatives like F.A.R.M. that create job opportunities and improve quality of life while also increasing residential access to nutritious food in a given area.
Leila Janah, founder of a nonprofit called Samasource, recently wrote a new book called Give Work discussing why she believes creating work opportunities for people living in poverty is more effective than the traditional model of aid.
Janah says, “We now know, through a lot of scientific study, that the only thing that really works long term to reduce extreme poverty directly is by giving poor people cash.”
She argues that the people best informed about how to allocate resources to meet needs are those who have needs to be met, and that one way to accomplish this is by creating job opportunities for people that provide living wages.
Embellishing on this, Janah says, “It’s not just having a paycheck that matters, it’s not just a living wage, but it’s being in community with others and it’s feeling that you’re valuable in the global economy.”
Janah believes that organizations that give work to those living in extreme poverty create a win-win situation. If those living in poverty have jobs, they have the ability to address their own needs. They also will start paying taxes, which helps strengthen the government’s economy.
Janah also says that $12 trillion annually is spent on procurement by companies on the Forbes 2000 list, and that there’s “so much opportunity to direct some of that $12 trillion expenditure to ‘give work’ enterprises.”
Through Samasource, Janah provides digital literacy training to people in poverty and then connects them with companies that have digital jobs, like Getty Images who provides fair wages to people around the world in exchange for them completing tasks like tagging images so they are more searchable by topic.