March 11, 2009

Free Rice: Play games, feed people

When you're sitting at the computer or canoodling your smartphone or PDA, there are plenty of ways to kill time, but here's one that feeds hungry people: Free Rice.

Free Rice is an online quiz game that rewards correct answers with rice donations to the world's hungry. You answer questions and, for each correct answer, Free Rice donates 10 grams of rice to the UN World Food Programme. Choose questions about art, chemistry, English, geography (my fave), languages (my second fave) and math (I avoid, as no one gets fed when I hang out in that category).

Free Rice, in partnership with the UN food program and Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has donated some 60 billion rice grains to date. Yesterday alone, game players' efforts yielded nearly 70 million grains.

Bookmark, and check in for some occasional mind-stimulating fun that makes you feel smart and socially responsible at the same time. Beats playing solitaire.