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Old 11-24-2007, 10:26 PM
Taltarzac
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Default Re: Free Rice food being donated to the needy

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Originally Posted by zcaveman
I found this in my weekly SNOPES update. It is a fun game that tests your vocabulary skills and provides rice to the hungry around the world.

Be careful - it is addicting!!

At FreeRice.com, you can "donate" 10 grains of rice to the needy simply by choosing the right answer to a word definition problem. Each correct answer results in another donation of 10 grains.

FreeRice.com is the creation of 49-year-old American computer programmer John Breen, and is the sister site of Poverty.com, launched in January 2007 with a counter showing one person dying of hunger every 3.5 seconds. Breen is no stranger to such programs, having created The Hunger Site in June 1999.

As to who foots the bill for the food being donated, the site says: "The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen." As more people play the game, the site racks up more advertising revenue, which in turn is converted into food donations for the hungry.

On 7 October 2007, the first day of the site's operations, only 830 grains were donated. As of 17 November 2007, the number of grains of rice given away amounts to 2,457,120,420

The rice is distributed by the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), an organization that in 2006 reached 87.8 million people in 78 countries.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/charity/freerice.asp
Neat. I will have to check that out, ZCaveman. :bigthumbsup:
 
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