By Honey Gillard 
“What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice it does . . . the totals have grown exponentially.”
– The Washington Post
 

According to the United Nations about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of which are children. Imagine if you could help lessen that number? Maybe even wipe it out… Well the United Nations World Food Program in collaboration with Free Rice has came up with a way – and it 100% free and actually benefits you!

FreeRice is a website constructed for 2 sole purposes:
1. To enlighten the minds of all by providing free vocabulary.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

I guess you’re now wondering how this little site works? Well, FreeRice has a database of thousands and thousands of words and you, as a player, have to choose the word that bests fits it’s definition. For every correct answer you donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program, who in turn donates the rice to poverty stricken nations, which helps hungry human beings to function and be productive.

A donation of rice might seem quite trivial to you but to someone watching their loved one die in their arms from hunger, the rice you donate is more precious than anything in the world.

FreeRice is open to all – from people just learning English to the Einsteins out there – and each and all can contribute just as much and get just as much out of it. The site introduces you and your brain to the game by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. When you get 3 consecutive correct answers you advance to a harder level, and alternatively when you get a wrong answer you move to an easier level. Sounds kinda fun and challenging huh? And lets not forget your doing your bit of charity for the better of this world and helping ‘make this world a better place’. 

In December alone 6,948,988,060 grains of rice were donated through the website..!! That’s a whole lotta rice… Isn’t it great to know that somewhere in the world there is a hungry person eating rice that you helped to provide. 🙂

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