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Freerice is a unique online quiz game – it costs nothing to play but for each answer you get right, ten grains of rice are donated to the World Food Program (WFP) to help end hunger.

So who pays for the rice? Freerice set up a very smart deal with their sponsors – in return for advertising space on the website, the rice grains which players accumulate are paid for by the website’s sponsors with all payments made directly to the WFP. Quizzers play for free and the hungry benefit.

This quiz concept enables Freerice to realize two goals:

1. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

2. Provide education to everyone for free.

The latter is embodied in the quiz itself. To play, you must first register.  but to see the full array of categories, click on the Subject tag. There are eight categories which are then further subdivided:
Simply click on the subject you want and begin playing. Every question is multiple choice and with each one you get correct, ten grains of rice appear in your rice bowl and full rice bowls (100 grains) accrue on the side:
On the Home page, the English Vocabulary quiz automatically comes up first with the how-to-play instructions which are simplicity itself. It also comes with a warning:
WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance... (more) [clicking on more will take you to Freerice FAQs]
You’ll also learn about Freerice. You’ll discover that the Freerice website is based at the United Nations World Food Program headquarters in Rome, Italy; that they have a policy of purchasing rice from the same country to which the rice is allocated so they not only save on the cost of transporting the rice but are also supporting the local economy.

There’s also video, key statistics and news items. In the latest WFP fight against hunger, they report:

Conflict in Syria has forced millions of people to flee their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which food assistance is a top priority. Currently, WFP is aiming to feed 2.5 million people inside Syria every month, and is assisting more than 800,000 refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries.
I encourage everyone to sign on and play. Not only is it a fun way to learn but a wonderful way to donate to those who desperately need our help. You can play individually or in a group – go to the Group tag to create your own group or join D-Kossacks, a newly created group for Daily Kos members. Just click on Freerice.com and you’re there.

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Originally posted to Mopshell on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:35 AM PDT.

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