What is FreeRice?
I discovered a new website the other day that allows you to answer trivia questions and do a good deed at the same time! Each question that you answer correctly adds 10 grains of rice to your bowl, and the grains of rice are then donated through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger around the world. There are several different categories you can choose from that fall into several main categories - art, chemistry, English, geography, Language learning, and math. It is a great way to study for tests like the SAT or GRE! And the language questions are an excellent way to practice your vocabulary! You can change the level of difficulty so that you can give yourself more of a challenge as you work your way through the questions. It's a great idea, and a well designed site!
Some people may criticize the effort, saying that it trivializes (literally!) the hunger problems around the world. There are probably other ways of working to solve the problem that would be more effective, but for what it is I feel it is effective. Many people use online trivia and game sites, and if this one can bring awareness to the problem, perhaps it can lead people to do other things. And doing something is usually better than doing nothing when it comes to problems that all of us should work on together.
The Free Rice website
Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple game that increases your knowledge.
UN World Food Prorgram Partner
From the FreeRice website:
FreeRice is a sister site of Poverty.com. Our partners are the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the United Nations World Food Program.
FreeRice has two goals:
- Provide education to everyone for free.
- Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Not your average trivia game!
Studying for tests
As I mentioned above, one of the great features of the concept behind Free Rice is that you actually learn something while you are participating. There is a specific section for SAT prep, as well as a variety of other categories, to include foreign languages. You can learn the flags of the world, famous paintings, math, or Italian. All while you are supporting efforts to reduce world hunger.