With the holidays fast approaching, many people are thinking of ways to feed the world’s hungry. Freerice is a novel approach to ameliorating the devastating problem of world hunger. I used to participate in Freerice quite often, using the subject selection to refresh my German and Italian vocabulary. I fell off the wagon when the site was going through some changes, although I’m happy to say it is back up. For some reaction I can only access the vocabulary game, but that it is both fun and challenging. Freerice was created in 2007 by John Breen. In 2009 he donated it to the UN World Food Program. The site earns money from advertisement banners and that money is in turn used to purchase rice.
Approximately 815 million people worldwide are suffering from starvation and malnutrition and nearly 5 million children die each year from hunger and related causes. The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a nonprofit organization that works nonstop to eradicate hunger all over the world. . As you progress through the levels, the words become more and more difficult. Players can range from elementary school age children through adults. Every correct answer results in the cash equivalent of 10 grains of rice donated to feed our needy brothers and sisters. There is no limit to your winnings and it is free to use. So, what are you waiting for?
“Have fun, get smarter, help end hunger.”
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” Booker T. Washington