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Written by Michael Fones   
Tuesday, 06 May 2008 05:10
My sister told me about a website where you can increase your vocabulary and help feed hungry people at the same time. It's called, and it works quite simply. You are given a word and four brief, often one word definitions. You simply click on the answer that best defines the word. If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word. For each word you get right, 20 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. You do not lose rice if you do not know the correct definition, and you are given the correct definition if you are wrong. You will be given the word you missed a few minutes later to see if you remember the correct definition. One cool feature is the ability to hear the word pronounced.

Here's a video about the program:

The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). The banner I had said, "This banner is being funded by a generous individual committed to reducing hunger."

FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice?you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, advertisements appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these advertisements is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy.

Free Rice does not make any money from operating the site. Check it out! I have to run to my sinecure.

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