www.freerice.com is a website, launched in October 2007 by John Breen. He donated the site to the UN World Food Program in March 2009, to grow the site and “help to feed and educate as many people as possible throughout the world.”
On www.freerice.com, users play games on a variety of subjects to earn rice which is then donated to humanitarian causes. Games consist of multiple choice questions with varying levels of difficulty which adjust to the ability of the user. Subjects include Basic Math, Language Vocabulary (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian), World Capitals, World Flags, Geography, Basic Chemistry, Literature and Art.
Users earn 10 grains of rice per correct answer, 100% of which goes directly to the UN World Food Program.
Freerice.com has aided the folowing humanitarian efforts (Source):
- Since January 2011, all rice raised on Freerice is being allocated to Haiti.
- In Bangladesh, to feed 27,000 refugees from Myanmar for 2 weeks.
- In Cambodia, to provide take-home rations of four kilograms of rice for 2 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 3 days.
- In Bhutan, to feed 41,000 children for 8 days.
- In Myanmar, to feed 750,000 cyclone affected people for 3 days.