Narrator: Learning, fighting hunger, having fun. These kids like millions of others are doing all three at once at freerice.com. Since 2007, the world’s only vocabulary game that feeds the hungry has taken the web by storm. As more people around the world put their word smarts to the test while earning rice for the hungry. Now the viral phenomenon is set to explode again with an all new version combining the addictive game play from the original with all the best of social media.
Tristan Guarnieri: “I think it’s fun because you know when you are playing it that you know you are helping other people all over the world. it makes you feel good about yourself.”
Narrator: By allowing players to match their words into groups and track their long term impact, Free Rice 2 takes the game to a whole new level.
Nancy Roman: “It was developed to help kids study for the SAT. It was a vocabulary game. It has branched into math, science and art. It’s a really fun trivia game, but the thing that’s innovative about it is that every time any person gets an answer correct, Ten grains of rice are given to hungry children worldwide.
Narrator: Ten grains of rice an answer may not sound like much, but it adds up fast. In just three years, players around the globe raised enough rice to feed 42 million people per day, in places like this.
Lindsey Hogan: “It’s just an amazing concept that somebody thousands of miles away can be at their computer at home in America or in Europe, a click of their mouse means that rice ends up here on the ground in Bangladesh and it means that people here, who are a pretty much forgotten population, because of this, can eat today.”
Narrator: After the devastating floods in Pakistan, the next batch mobilized through Free Rice will be headed there. Racking your brains over six syllable words, it’s easy to forget the games bottom line- feeding hungry children all over the world.
Female student 1: “You can give food to the people who are really hungry and starving.”
Female Student 2: “Since it donates food while you’re playing, I think it’s really good.”
Tristan Guarnieri: “It makes you feel like you want to get as much rice as possible to donate to other people.”
Female Student 3: “It helps you be better at things and then you answer more questions right and then you donate to more people.”
Female Student 4: “And I also thought it was fun because you’re playing and when you’re playing, you’re donating, and you’re giving food so it’s kinda fun.”
Interviewer: “So, do you want to play the game?”
Female Student 4: “Maybe, Okay.”