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The Hunger Site Review - Legit or Scam?
"With just one click and you can help to feed the hungry." This is the typical claim by the Hunger Site.com. Sounds unbelievable isn't it? So here I will check the history and its relationship with renowned charitable organisations around the world and to find out whether the site live up to its expectations.
This is a website that allows you to give the needy by simply a click on the mouse. This site has existed since the year 1999. Charity USA, a for-profit organization based in Seattle is the current owner of this site. There has been much speculation on whether this website is legitimate or a scam because it is unbelievable that we can give simply by clicking some links. I have seen some of the people asking on forums whether such site really fulfill their pledge to help the poor or they keep all the ad revenues themselves.
How it works
This website allows you to click on its buttons once per day to give to the poor. After clicking, the site will show advertiser's ads for you to further click on. Advertisers will pay The Hunger Site for every click you pressed and The Hunger Site will keep some of these revenue as profit. Then they channel the remaining money to the poor through charity organizations such as Feeding America, Millennium Promise and Mercy Corps. The Hunger Site claims that paid advertisements already helped to fund 52.8 million cups of food in 2011. It also provides daily updates on the clicks generated on the site.
Is it legitimate?
Over the years, the site has grown into other areas such as Breast cancer, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Child health, Literacy, and Rainforest. You can also choose to buy products from this site to give more for the needy. Although it claims that you can give 1.1 cup of food to the poor with every click you pressed, snopes.com said that you only contributed Â¼ of a cup to the poor. Anyways, this is a site that really help for the poor. In the year 2000, PC World has mentionedthis site in one of their articles.
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However, there was one major concern. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) had received more than US$ 3 million from The Hunger Site in 18 months. However, on 23 November 2000, WFP ended its relationship with the Hunger Site, citing reduced and late payments from the site. (Link) There are also doubts that if the "donations per click" could really cover up the administration costs operating the site since costs will rise if more traffic comes to the site. Other people argue that the real cause of hunger is corruption and incompetent governments. If this is true, then what is the purpose of setting up WFP which depends on donations to fight hunger? Then Transparency International should responsible for fighting hunger by checking on and pressuring governments.
Despite the concerns above, I believe that The Hunger Site does live up to the expectations of donating money to the needy. Do visit the site more often so that you can make your contributions!