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Home News No Hoax: Free Rice Website Feeds the Hungry

No Hoax: Free Rice Website Feeds the Hungry

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David Emery


In case you were wondering, FreeRice.com is neither a hoax nor a scam, despite its seemingly too-good-to-be-true premise. Visitors to the nonprofit website are presented with a word definition challenge, and for every correct choice 20 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. The latest brainchild of e-charity innovator John Breen, FreeRice works like this:

"The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry)."
It's no replacement for good, old-fashioned, get-out-your-checkbook charitable giving, but at 26 billion grains of rice (and counting) donated to date, neither should it be dismissed as just another online time waster.  Prize:  1 worde = 10 rice grain, 5 words =50 grains, 100 words = 1000 grain, please help play

'Tis the season of giving thanks and giving back, so it only seems appropriate that the site FreeRice has been getting a great deal of attention. The site's goals are twofold: Provide English vocabulary lessons for free and help end world hunger by providing free rice to hungry people.
The site is a definition game, offering you multiple definition choices for a given word and asking you to click on the answer that best defines the word. If you get it right, you get a harder word. If you get it wrong, the next word is easier. For each correct answer, Free Rice donates ten grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
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Read more about it:
Free Rice - Website
Web Game Provides Free Rice for Hungry - BBC News
Lexicographical Beneficence: Freerice.com - NY Times Magazine
Saving the World One Click at a Time - Sydney Morning Herald




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