By the end of this Thanksgiving weekend Americans will have consumed an estimated one quarter of a billion turkeys. In the meantime, close to one billion people go hungry every day worldwide.
Want to give back but don’t know how? How about playing Freerice?
Freerice.com is an online vocabulary game that allows players to give rice to the hungry with the click of a mouse. The concept is simple: click on the website and a vocabulary word pops up on your screen. Select the correct definition and you donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations’ World Food Programme. The more answers you get right, the more rice gets donated. Increase your vocabulary and do good at the same time (anyone in your family studying for the SAT’s?), it’s a win-win situation for all.
Following the click to donate model, the rice is paid for by advertisers on the website and donated directly to the hungry by the World Food Programme. Since its launch three years ago, the WFP claims Freerice has helped raise enough funds to feed more than 4 million people for a day in countries like Uganda and Bangladesh.
“Thanksgiving is certainly a time when those who have enough to eat gather to enjoy a big meal, and Freerice is the perfect way to do something fun that gives others a chance for a meal too,” said Nancy Roman, Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships at the WFP. “Generosity and goodwill is at the heart of this holiday and Freerice helps you give while having fun at the same time – and it won’t cost you a cent.”
So join the 40,000 people who play Freerice every day, and do something this Thanksgiving without having to leave your cozy circle of family and friends. In fact, get them to join you and presto – you may even have launched a new family tradition.
Photo of Freerice bags on their way to a donation site in Nepal by WFP/James Giambrone.