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Published on Jul 3, 2008
FreeRice is a charity website where users play a vocabulary game in order to raise money to fight world hunger. ------------------------------------- "What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice it does . . . the totals have grown exponentially."
- Washington Post
"Addictive, yes. But . . . each correct answer results in the donation of rice to help feed the hungry around the globe. Perhaps that qualifies the game as a good addiction . . . one with redeeming qualities, something that's, oh, didactic and edifying."
- Kansas City Star
"People from all walks of life and from around the globe have written in to express their appreciation for the game . . . Secretaries admit to playing it during boring business meetings."
- Christian Science Monitor
"FreeRice.com is one of the most ingenious websites of 2007. In the best spirit of the Internet, it offers education, entertainment and a way to change the world ― all for free."
- Los Angeles Times
"Web game provides rice for hungry . . . FreeRice went online in early October and has now raised 1 billion grains of rice [by November 9]."
- BBC News
"Freerice.com is an international, viral sensation. Folks from Thailand to Germany and India are just as enthusiastic . . . improving thousands of lives, all with a simple, collective, click of a mouse."
- CBS Evening News
"Every grain of rice is essential in the fight against hunger . . . FreeRice really hits home how the Web can be harnessed to raise awareness and funds for the world's number one emergency."
- UN World Food Program
"A teacher of fourth and fifth graders on the Yurok Indian reservation in Klamath, CA, . . . emailed the WFP. 'My students absolutely LOVE the FreeRice site. Almost daily they earn several thousand grains of rice!' she wrote. 'You cannot imagine the joy in my heart when I look out and see 25 kids doing vocabulary work and enjoying it.'"
- School Library Journal
"Feeling guilty about wasting time on computer solitaire? Join the growing guilt-free multitude at FreeRice.com, an online game with redeeming social value."
- USA Today
"The Web site offers a greater gift, the gift of awareness about world hunger."
- NPR National Public Radio
"What type of computer game could get kids excited about learning vocabulary words? One that also helps feed hungry people around the world!"
- Scholastic News Magazine
"'It's fantastic,' says the World Food Program's Bangladesh director. Adds a 32-year-old widow living in a refugee camp with her 8-year-old daughter, 'I depend on the rice.'"
- People Magazine
"FreeRice is a triumph of converting passivity into engagement."
- New York Times Magazine
"A simple way to bring kids to the Internet for a good reason, a way to feed their minds and . . . to feed a whole lot of people . . . helping fight world hunger, one grain of rice at a time. "