Twenty Grains of Rice
By Josh Simons on Mar 25, 2008
You can improve your vocabulary and help feed the hungry at the same time by choosing the correct definitions of a series of vocabulary words. For every word you get right, 20 grains of rice will be donated to the UN World Food Program. The non-profit FreeRice is funded by discreet advertising banners provided by companies interested in promoting education and helping to alleviate hunger in the world.
Lest you scoff at the impact of a mere 20 grains of rice, the site has so far donated over 23.5 BILLION grains of rice. According to Wiki Answers, there are about 29,000 grains in a pound, so Free Rice has donated over 400 tons of rice to date. How cool is that?
I've donated about 8300 grains of rice so far. I occasionally reach vocabulary level 49 (max 55), but generally hover a few points lower. It's a fun site, even more so knowing that you are helping people by using it.
Sun, let's build a pyramid of rice! Start here.