Free Rice game helping to stop world hunger

Free RiceThere should be more games like this.’s Free Rice game is a simple multiple-choice vocabulary test that donates ten grains of rice to the UN’s World Food Program for every correctly answered question.. To make the game more interesting and useful to players, each correct answer also increases the difficulty of the following question. Each incorrect answer makes the questions easier.

Over 931 million grains of rice have been donated over the course of a single month, and that number is growing steadily every day. To put that number in perspective, let’s consider how many people it could potentially feed.

1 teaspoon holds roughly 250 grains of rice
1 tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons
1 ounce equals 2 tablespoons
1 cup equals 8 ounces

One cup of rice (which expands to two after cooking) can easily last two meals for a starving human being, so…

931645600/250/3/2/8 x2 = 155274 [meager] meals.

Already, that is 142 YEARS worth of rice for a single starving individual, after only a single month.  Consider that the average human lifespan is just half of that, and you have two full lives – saved.

Please, keep playing this game. You’ll be helping yourself (a better vocabulary), and the rest of the world, too.


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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