Free Rice

Release Date: 2007

Developer: John Breen

A online quiz game that donates grains of rice to the World Food Programme.


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Free Rice is an online internet game that donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP) for every word that is correctly defined.

WFP, the United Nations frontline organization fighting hunger, distributes the rice to the hungry. WFP uses the donations from the site to purchase rice locally, both feeding people in need and stimulating local economies.

Already, the site has raised enough rice to feed over 1.5 million people for a day. The game has been embraced by young and old alike, proving to be an excellent tool for prepping for the SATs or to brush up on vocabulary words. Teachers have been using the game to teach both vocabulary and the value of helping others in need. Free Rice has been a viral phenomenon, and boasts numerous Facebook fan sites, including one page with over 63,000 members.

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