If you’re like me, most of the time you feel there is nothing you can do to make the world at large a better place. But even small acts can make others’ lives better. One easy way to show the world some love is to help fight world hunger by using freerice.com. Bonus? You can learn at the same time!
With the holidays finally over, many of us are working on our widening waistlines, perhaps with a HealthyWager.
However, it’s so important to remember that the gluttony in which we oft partake is simply a fantasy in many parts of the world. In those places, a healthy, filling meal is a rarity.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 1-in-9 go hungry every day and 1-in-3 is malnourished. The WFP’s main goal is Zero Hunger: “to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030.
What is freerice.com?
Freerice.com is a program of the WFP. The site promotes education in areas like English vocabulary and grammar, art history, geography, chemistry, math, foreign languages – even SAT prep. At the same time, freerice.com helps feed the hungry. Each time you answer a question correctly, the ad that appears provides the program enough money to buy 10 grains of rice. 100% of proceeds from the site go to provide rice to the hungry.
10 Grains at a Time
Ten grains of rice at a time doesn’t sound like much, but collectively, those tiny grains add up. Approximately 19,000 grains of rice per day support a 2100 calorie-per-day diet in countries that rely on rice. Therefore, for every approximately 1900 correct answers, a hungry person has enough food for a day. In the ten years that freerice has been operating, 93,829,934,362 grains of rice have been donated through the site to help feed the hungry – that’s over 93 billion grains and counting as of 12/31/17! That’s enough rice to have provided a day’s food for close to 5 million people.
- You are not required to create an account to play and help alleviate world hunger, but you can. If you do, you can join or create groups, and you can keep track of how many grains of rice you have provided over time. If you don’t create a log-in, your rice count will start at zero each day you use the site.
- According to freerice.com, the site is undergoing a revamp in order to eliminate some technical challenges, such as the site showing false negative yearly rice totals, but the site is still working, and the rice is still being donated. Updates will be provided on freerice’s Facebook page.
So, I challenge you. Go to freerice.com, learn a little, and show some love for your fellow humans – 10 grains at a time.
Show more love. Grow more love.