It’s that time of year when having a hot meal seems even more important. That’s a concern of Dallas-based TangoTab, too. The smartphone app has done something clever: Bridging the gap between giving diners deals and feeding the needy.

Here’s how it works: Download to app (it’s free) and the next time you’re interested in eating out, simply open it and choose from a variety of deals offered by local restaurants (among them Salum and Komali): Maybe it’s $10 off lunch, or half-price appetizers on a Tuesday. Click on the deal you want and voila! Just show your phone to the server when you order and you save some bucks. That’s when TangoTab goes to work, donating a meal to the less fortunate. Since its inception, TangoTab has already provided more the 200,000 meals to the North Texas Food Bank. It’s a win-win-win for diners, restaurants and the hungry: When you eat, they eat. It’s like Tom’s Shoes for the tastebuds. And just by downloading the app now until the end of the year, the company will feed two people.

That’s something to be thankful for.

— A.W.J. 

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 6, 2013.