View Full Version : Help END World Hunger

02-19-2009, 03:10 PM
I was told about this from school.
I know you guys are probably asking...what scam is this? I need my allowance for that new Xbox360.
You don't need to donate money or to write a letter to congress. Just go to this website:

For every question you get correct they donate 20 grains of rice though the UN World Food Program. It will help a lot of people in need and it's entirely painless.

Thanks for reading and I really hope some of you guys try this out.

02-19-2009, 03:10 PM

Do I really make a difference by playing FreeRice?

The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. Though 20 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing, so are thousands of other people at the same time. It is everyone together that makes the difference. Thanks to you, FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed more than two million people since it started in October 2007.

How does playing the vocabulary game at FreeRice help me?

Learning new vocabulary has tremendous benefits. It can help you:

Formulate your ideas better
Write better papers, emails and business letters
Speak more precisely and persuasively
Comprehend more of what you read
Read faster because you comprehend better
Get better grades in high school, college and graduate school
Score higher on tests like the SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT
Perform better at job interviews and conferences
Sell yourself, your services, and your products better
Be more effective and successful at your job
After you have done FreeRice for a while, you may notice an odd phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used before will begin to pop into your head while you are speaking or writing. You will feel yourself using and knowing more words.

How do I do other subjects besides vocabulary at FreeRice?

Click on the Subjects link near the top right of the page to see a list of all subjects available at FreeRice. There is math, science, geography, art history, other languages and more. FreeRice is working to add more subjects and more material within each subject. Our goal is to provide knowledge that is useful and interesting for you.

Why do I see some questions repeated?

Whenever you get a question wrong, FreeRice will repeat it a few turns later to give you a second chance at it.

Who pays for the donated rice?

The rice is paid for by the sponsors whose names you see on the bottom of your screen when you enter a correct answer. These sponsors support both learning (free education for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). We thank these sponsors for their generous participation at FreeRice. For information about how you or your company can sponsor FreeRice, please email freerice.rep@wfp.org.

How do I start playing FreeRice?

In the middle of the FreeRice Home page you will see something like:

small means:


To play the game, click on one of the four definitions (“little,” “old,” “big,” or “yellow”) that you think is correct. If you get it right, FreeRice donates 20 grains of rice to help end hunger. In the example above, you would want to click on “little,” which means “small.” You will then get a chance to do another word the same way. You can play as long as you like and donate as much rice as you like. When you are finished, you do not have to do anything―your donation is already counted.

How does the FreeRice program work?

FreeRice has a custom database containing knowledge questions at varying levels of difficulty. There are levels appropriate for beginners and levels that will challenge the most scholarly professors. In between are levels suitable for students of all ages, business people, homemakers, doctors, truck drivers, retired people… everyone!

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level. It starts by giving you questions of increasing difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a question wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three questions in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your skills, where learning can take place.

How is the difficulty level determined?

The program keeps track of how many people get each question right or wrong, and then adjusts each question’s difficulty level accordingly. So the questions at the easiest levels are the ones that people most often get right. The questions at the hardest levels are the ones that people most often get wrong. As more and more people have played the game, these levels have become increasingly more accurate.

What is the Options page?

On the Options page you can set FreeRice to remember how much total rice you have donated for the next time you play. Instructions are given at the bottom of that page.

What happens if my computer suddenly loses power while I am in the middle of playing? Does my donation still count?

Yes, once your screen says that you have donated a certain amount of rice, that means our servers have registered it. For example, suppose your screen says that you have donated 120 grains of rice. If your computer then suddenly loses power, or you close your browser, or you click to go somewhere else, your donation has already been counted.

How do you track the answers and rice donated for each person?

When you click on your choice for the answer, this information is sent to one of our servers via a regular HTML form. This form is then processed by the server using the PHP programming language, which then figures out if you got the answer correct and, if so, adds to both your personal rice total and the overall rice total. It then sends back an HTML page with new words and your new total as part of the next form.

If FreeRice has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?

FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, sponsor banners appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these banners is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

Couldn’t I just write a computer program to play all day and give a lot of rice that way?

There are two problems with this. First, it overloads our servers so that real people can’t play and learn. Second, without real people playing and the resulting company sponsorship, no money would be generated and we could not give any rice at all.

Does FreeRice make any money from doing this? Is FreeRice a non-profit organization?

FreeRice does not make any money from this. FreeRice is simply a website committed to the cause of ending hunger around the world. While it is not a registered non-profit organization, FreeRice is run entirely for free and at no profit. All money (100%) raised by the site goes to the UN World Food Program to help feed the hungry. Sponsors make all payments to the UN World Food Program directly.

Can you tell me more about the UN World Food Program (WFP)?
FreeRice is also pleased to have the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) as our partner. WFP distributes all of the rice that you donate to help fight hunger. As the world’s largest food aid agency, WFP works closely with many other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, WFP helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, WFP buys food locally to support local farmers and the local community. Please visit the WFP website to learn more at www.wfp.org.

In what countries does the UN World Food Program (WFP) distribute the rice?

The UN World Food Program (WFP) works around the globe and FreeRice donations are made with no restrictions. This freedom of use allows WFP to apply the donations to countries that need it most, often those that don’t make the headlines in the news, yet where chronic hunger continues unchecked. Often WFP is able to purchase the rice in the very countries where the beneficiaries are located, cutting down on the transport time to reach the hungry and helping to stimulate local economies at the same time.

Here are some examples of where FreeRice rice has been distributed:

In Bangladesh, to feed 27,000 refugees from Myanmar for two weeks.
In Cambodia, to provide take-home rations of four kilograms of rice for two months to 13,500 pregnant and nursing women.
In Uganda, to feed 66,000 school children for a week.
In Nepal, to feed over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees for three days.
In Bhutan, to feed 41,000 children for 8 days.
In Myanmar, to feed 750,000 cyclone affected people for 3 days.
How much rice does it take to feed a person for a day? How many grains of rice in a gram?

The composition of UN World Food Program (WFP) food baskets varies from country to country and region to region, depending upon the eating habits of the people WFP feeds. In countries where rice is a staple part of the diet, WFP provides, on average, about 400 grams of rice per person, per day (for families, including children and adults). That is intended for two meals that include other ingredients to ensure a minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per day. There are about 48 grains of rice in a gram.

How does the food prices crisis affect FreeRice?

The cost of rice per metric ton has more than doubled since the website’s inception. Given that FreeRice players raise grains of rice, not dollars, this increase does not change the overall number of people fed. However, FreeRice donates the cash equivalent of the grains raised through sponsorships and donations, so rising rice prices means that FreeRice has to raise significantly more money to pay for the grains generated by every correct click.

02-19-2009, 03:12 PM
or download the quaker delighter bot from CN and order a million quaker oats and give them to the homeless shelter. There:thumbs

02-19-2009, 03:17 PM
Lawl :p.
I learned about this today, we were watching some kids from a certain country
(I forgot) and they were in a war.
Dead people on the streets, homeless children.
These children in the orphanage that are still alive, only get ONE bowl of rice per day.
Sometimes none.
Flavorless, ewwy rice.
Sad huh?

02-19-2009, 03:18 PM
I hate that. I learned that like a year ago. My teacher made me do it.

02-19-2009, 03:19 PM
Rice tastes good when your hungry.

02-19-2009, 03:22 PM
I hate that. I learned that like a year ago. My teacher made me do it.


02-19-2009, 03:45 PM
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02-19-2009, 03:47 PM
I remember this :tongue3:

It gets addicting :laugh3:

02-19-2009, 04:08 PM
The questions are too easy though..
I go all the way to like, level 30 in vocab, and i still get 100% right.