The online game FreeRice will issue a grant in early 2014 to help fight child hunger in the African nation of Niger. FreeRice said today that over US $55,000 dollars worth of rice had been raised so far this year by people playing the award-winning trivia game.
When you play FreeRice you answer questions about vocabulary, math, science and other subjects. Every correct answer means a donation of 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest food aid organization. The donations are paid for by advertisers on the site.
WFP uses the funds to purchase rice for its hunger relief missions around the world. The current beneficiary is Niger and its school feeding program.
Niger suffered through a severe drought in 2012 and has high rates of hunger and malnutrition. School lunch programs help keep children in school with the promise of daily meals. WFP and its partner UNICEF seek to help Niger build its education system, a daunting challenge with tremendous poverty in the country.
Nations that have previously benefited from FreeRice grants include Cambodia and Haiti.
FreeRice also added a section to help students prepare for the SAT Test. To start playing visit www.freerice.com