Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Non-Profit of the Week: Rice & Vocab

I read a blip in the News Journal last evening reporting survey results that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week for most office employees. I am now here to skew those results by offering you a unique opportunity to kill some time, be unproductive, improve your vocabulary skills and help the U.N. feed the hungry. All at the same time you say?! Yes, it's possible, just by visiting http://www.freerice.com/.

According to United Nations, about 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes (averaging about one person every 3 seconds). The United Nations claims that there is plenty of food in the world to feed everyone, but the people who need it most are trapped in severe poverty and lack the ability to acquire much needed nourishment.

FreeRice helps perpetuate their mission to feed the hungry by way of vocabulary. Visitors to freerice.com are invited to partake in vocab testing. For every correct answer by the visitor, freerice.com donates 20 grains of rice to U.N. to help feed the hungry. In simple terms, your knowledge of good ole' Mr. Webster's book can help feed many abroad!

Fried Rice in Chinese Take-out: not exactly the same kind of rice the U.N. donates, but close.

After just five minutes of playing myself, I was able to acquire 300 grains of rice for the hungry. 75 million grains were donated yesterday and over 39 billion have been to date. I invite you to visit http://www.freerice.org/ and join the fun. And you thought during the 9th grade vocab quiz, "Ugh, I'll never use this in real life."

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