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Feeding the hungry one word at a time
by Becky Clark Cornwell, 11.29.07
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Click here to see where the donated rice goesI just learned about a cool new website called that made me feel smart and charitable. You play a vocabulary game and for every right answer you give, the site donates 20 grains of rice to help end world hunger through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

WikiAnswers tells us that there are approximately 7,200 grains of rice in a cup so as the site keeps track of the number of grains of rice you'll be donating by the number of words you get right, you can also figure out how many cups of rice that'll make.

You can choose to have the site remember you and the level you reach every time you play by selecting the "options" link at the top of the page and setting the options to remember your vocabulary level and donation total on your computer."

I got up to Level 43 this morning (and donated 400 grains in about 5 minutes), but got knocked back because I missed "cognate" which I'm sure isn't even a real word. I don't know if Level 43 is high or not, but I'm going to assume it's lofty ...vertiginous ...eminent ... and probably at the pinnacle ... zenith ... apex.

Is it just me who thinks playing a vocabulary game is wicked fun? My family won't play Scattergories with me anymore so this feeds my passion. You can play for as long as you want, which is good because it does get addictive.

I actually found out about this on so am confident it's true, and I checked out the freerice FAQs, and was even more interested. The rice is paid for by the advertisers on the site, but the ads aren't overwhelming. It doesn't require registration or a password or nothing and it makes you feel smart because if you miss a word, it gives you an easier one. Here's the link to in case you have doubts:

It just started in October and is already up to 2 1/2 billion grains of rice. As of December 1, of this year that's about 769,614 cups of rice donated to feed the hungry.

With so many smart wordsmiths, surely we can double that in a week or two.

Happy ricing!


Becky Clark Cornwell
 the author of An Uncivil War: The boys who were left behind. "superbly written" . . . "enthusiastically recommended" . . . "destined to become a classic. Becky is also the author of Reading Maniac: Fun ways to encourage reading success,  over 50 games and activities to help reluctant or emerging readers become better, more confident readers.


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