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Give Thanks by Giving Free Rice!

Give Thanks by Giving Free Rice!

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? 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.


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Photo of Freerice bags on their way to a donation site in Nepal by WFP/James Giambrone.

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2:43AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

I love this site, I was first introduced to it in my English class at school and years later revisited it. I think it's such a clever scheme and very worthwhile to 'play'. I log on every day, I've created my own group and I am addicted. I love to see the combined amount add up with players across the globe. Today I even clicked on a players profile which led me to this website, which I joined. I encourage everyone to give it a visit.

6:49AM PDT on May 31, 2013

great site (: i donated 33800 grains so far!

5:52PM PDT on May 26, 2013

I just signed up today and donated 1300 grains so far!

2:44AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

I have donated over a cup of rice already by playing free rice. My favorite subject is "favorite quotes". They need to add more quotes in the category. They also need to update and add more tests on each category to motivate people to play and donate.

10:58AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

freerice has expanded - not just voabulary anymore...
lots of other topics available...

12:26AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Years ago, a friend here on Care2 introduced me to "freerice"--and you're right, it's a really fun game, and as you advance in it, you can improve your vocabulary.
I had not heard of "freepoverty"--thanks Roger, for letting us know about that site. I'm horrible at geography, so this ought to be interesting!!

7:37PM PST on Nov 28, 2011


10:09AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

If you have an adblocker on your browser in freerice, your winning rice won't be donated.

9:57AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

I used to play freerice daily but it would take a lot of time. It if fun and addictive! I loved playing it! A great brain workout!

7:26PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

great site.
educational too!

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