Free Rice Combats Hunger: Internet Word Game Educates Players and Helps Feed the Hungry


The Internet provides a plethora of educational, entertaining and fun activities for young and old alike. Free Rice combines learning, entertainment and good will, all rolled up in a fun and free online game.

Launched in October 2007, Free Rice is the brainchild of John Breen, a self-employed computer programmer from Indiana. Obviously concerned with global issues, Breen is no stranger to charitable causes. He created The Poverty Site, The Rainforest Site and The Hunger Site, the first “click-to-donate” website. Launched in 1999, more than 200,000 people visit The Hunger Site daily.

Unfortunately for many, the issue of hunger continues to plague our world. According to the United Nations, more than 25,000 people die every day due to hunger, malnutrition and related issues. Sadly, most of those deaths are children under five years of age.

The premise of the Free Rice game is surprisingly simple and incredibly addictive. To play, users are shown a vocabulary word. Players then select the correct definition for that word from four possibilities. If the correct vocabulary definition is chosen, 20 grains of rice will be donated to the United Nations World Food Program, WFP. If five correct words are selected, 100 grains of rice will be donated to the WFP. Although 20 grains of rice may not seem like much, it adds up quickly.

How it Works:

  • Thousands of words are included in the Free Rice vocabulary database, with new words being added
  • If three words in a row are correct, the user proceeds to the next level
  • If a wrong answer is selected, the level is reduced
  • Vocabulary words automatically adjust to the correct difficulty level for each user
  • More than 50 different levels are included
  • Most words can be read aloud by clicking on the speaker symbol next to the word
  • Various game options are available
  • Each time the game is played, advertisements appear on the website

Free banners are available for bloggers and webmasters to help spread the word and direct people to the Free Rice website.

More than 500,000 people visit Free Rice every day. Visitors to the website do not donate money. The rice is paid for by numerous sponsors listed on the Free Rice site. 100% of the Free Rice revenue is donated to the The United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the largest world food agency. WFP then distributes the donated rice.

The first day the online game was launched in 2007, 830 grains of rice were donated. To date, over 26,000,000,000 grains of rice have been donated. Free Rice; fighing hunger, one grain at a time.

By simply taking an online vocabulary quiz, users young and old alike will help malnourished and impoverished people all over the world, and have fun at the same time.

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