Got A Minute? Got 6 Friends? Why Not Play “6 Degrees Of Freerice”?

Do you believe in six degrees of separation — you know, the theory that skyrocketed into popular culture through Jon Guare’s play and posits that you and I are connected to each other, and everyone else on the planet  for that matter, through at most six other people?

Well, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) has a new take on the theory and it’s aimed at feeding the nearly one billion people who go hungry in this world. It’s called 6 Degrees of Freerice and it takes the the WFP’s immensely popular online trivia game Freerice to a whole new level.

“Each of us is only six degrees away, or less, from someone who does not know where she will find her next meal,” said Nancy Roman, WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships. “Imagine what we could achieve if we each invite six of our friends to help us donate rice to hungry kids. Freerice allows everyone to make a real-world impact with just the click of a mouse.”

I’ve written about Freerice before. It’s a great trivia game for all ages. Just click on the website and go. For each correct answer WFP donates 10 grains of rice to the world’s hungriest. It works, and truth be told, it’s kind of addictive. Today more than one million people from 179 countries have signed on and have donated nearly 100 billion grains of rice to feed almost 5 million people the world over, according to the WFP.

For the rest of this week, which just so happens to be World Freerice Week, you can create a special “6 Degrees of Freerice” group, recruit 6 friends, ask them to recruit 6 friends, and so on and so on. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

“We can solve the problem of hunger if we join together to each do our part,” said Roman. “Almost one billion people go to bed hungry every night. With 6 Degrees of Freerice, we’re on our way to harnessing the power of online networks to make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

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Photo: A student in rural Cambodia eats a meal he receives through the WFP School Meals Programme. Copyright: WFP/Heather Hill


Cristina A.
Cristina A4 years ago

I played too and donate 1300 grains of rice!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie C5 years ago

I just played. I got to level 29 and gave 1500 grains of rice. Not bad for the first time. Now, I am going to share it with some friends to see how smart they are (LOL).

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

Didn't know about it but will be having a look now.

Sue M.
Sue M6 years ago

I love and recommend it to my students every term :)

AndyNoMail O.
Past Member 6 years ago

Wonderful ~ thank you!

Darlene B.
Darlene W6 years ago

Excellent article and hats off to you for posting. BLessings to all involved. Am going to check out the site and spread the news.
Thank you.

Mary Foster
Mary F6 years ago

Thanks for posting this. This is a GREAT site for students as well as others. It gives individualized vocabulary work that is wonderful for SAT preparation--and it also helps others. Food for thought AND food for the hungry!

Beverly C.
Beverly C6 years ago

This Is A Wonderful Program. We've participated for quite a while and will continue.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for this great article.

Kate B.
Kate A6 years ago

I've been playing this game for quite some time.