Freerice.com – really free rice or scam?

Why does rice cost so muchThere’s new site up called Freerice.com that claims to donate rice based on your interaction with the website. Of course, anything free always brings up suspicion so I dug a little deeper. Pleasantly, I found that this site is legit as far as I can tell. They’re aim is to fight world hunger and illiteracy! Here’s the scoop:

  1. You go to freerice.com
  2. You answer some vocabulary questions
  3. They donate free rice to the UN World Food Program.
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49 Comments to “Freerice.com – really free rice or scam?”

  1. Shawn Chaudhary
    October 8, 2008

    No this site is not a scam, they just make 150k in profits a day

  2. britteny
    April 28, 2009

    it is a SCAMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!1

  3. brittny Ferguson
    April 28, 2009

    it is !!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. taylor stauffer
    April 28, 2009

    scam or not, what are you losing other than 10 or 15 mins of your time while increasing your vocabulary?
    just do it.

  5. AgentXVII
    May 19, 2009

    Are we really expected to trust the opinion of someone who can’t even spell her own name, or notice that one of her exclamation marks is actually a 1?

    Shawn’s right, though not sure about that figure – would be surprised if profits for FreeRice.com were that high. Taylor is also right, even if it is a scam, you lose nothing by doing it. Another way of looking at things is that the guy who created the site could have easily made another addictive and fun game and given nothing to the poor.

    The fact he decided to create this in the first place reflects in a pretty positive way on him. If it is all just a big scam, I’m having trouble seeing who it is exactly that is being scammed, and what exactly they are losing.

  6. Anon
    June 9, 2009

    Shawn Chaudhary
    October 8, 2008

    No this site is not a scam, they just make 150k in profits a day

    Just because they make profits doesn’t mean it is a scam. As long as they are giving out the rice as said then doesn’t that make it legit.

  7. foodisme
    June 18, 2009

    Yes they make a lot of money but the site was created by a father who wanted his kid ot learn, in a fun way, later they started to have sponsers pay for rice to be sent to third world countries, they keep the excess, so in a way everyone’s right!!!!! Happy?

  8. Cecilie
    September 9, 2009

    I go to this site every day, and answer questions, so they can have food in poor countries.

  9. master
    September 12, 2009

    who do you think you are agent? who sits there and spends time writing a 2 paragraph speach about freerice.com? who even cares what you are saying? you obviously have nothing to do with your time.

  10. Mesha
    September 25, 2009

    Master has a very valid point. who would sit and reply to someone’s comment if it’s so unworthy ?
    … seriously, people.

    FreeRice.com has proven to be a legit site. It’s been said the total amount of rice hasn’t been donated, but this has been proven wrong as well. Apparently so, it’s very hard for some people to believe there is someone making something altruistic. I give kudos to John Breen, the creator of the site.

    The way the site works is very simple:
    You go to FreeRice.com, learn some new things(they started out with vocabulary, but have now different games) and for each correct answer of yours, 10 grains of rice are donated. The ads you see scattered around the page are sponsors, and as you may notice they are well known. All those sponsors pay for the rice to be donated.

    In my opinion, it’s a great project and I will continue to backup AgentXVII’s view: I don’t see who is being scammed or what of.. the valuable time you could be wasting in watching some stupid video on YouTube ? Right.

  11. jack urquhart
    December 9, 2009

    i go on the site every day i am 80% sure it is not a scam

  12. Ben
    December 29, 2009

    Free rice may not be a scam but giving white rice to the hungry does not solve the problem of hunger nor does it provide proper nutrition. Support programs like Oxfam that help people help themselves. Also land is being taken away from farmers and the food from a country is not being allowed to go to its people. The UN Food Programme does not address these issues.

  13. eric
    April 13, 2010

    u know i play that game all the time! it is fun while i know for sure it is sending rice to the poor. it is n the newspaper! i read it and showed everybody i know! and even if it doesnt fully help their nutrition, at least they’re eating. they could have been dead, but because f the rice it is working. ben get ur facts straight.

  14. hannah cook& curtis
    April 15, 2010

    I THINK ITS ALL A SCAM!
    SO DOES CURTIS,BECAUSE LIKE YOU CANT PLAY A GAME ONLINE THEN FEED LIL HUNGRY HATI KIDS,LIKE IT MAKES NO CENTS,IT JUST DOESNT ADD ALL UP RIGHT,THEN MY TEACHER MR.DAVID WRIGHT SAYS”I WANNA KILL THOES LIL BLACK HATIS!”

  15. Bob Dobalina
    September 8, 2010

    u commentrrs r oll ideeots!!!

  16. John Magnum
    November 18, 2010

    Seriously? Hannah Cook & Curtis, you can’t even spell sense, so how do you have the knowledge to prove/know somethings a scam? It’s called advertising, it makes money for sites, how do you think Google builds a profit?

  17. Sierra H.
    November 25, 2010

    I don’t think freerice is a scam. Of course you will get suspicious that they are scamming us……….. but why would a person make a website and say, “Help feed the hungry!”, if they aren’t doing that. Plus, if it is a scam, why would people put a website just to trick you, or increase you education???? How would they think of added freerice??? Why would they even care about OUR education??

  18. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    well i dont think it is a scam….. i mean why would it be a scam? they arent getting anything out of it!!!!!!!

  19. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    ya my sis just cut me off!!!! i wasnt done yet!!!!!! so as i was saying, so what if it is a scam? who cares!!!!!!!! what does it take away from you?!?!?! NOTHING!!!!!!!!! (it just gives you knowledge) and somethin to play when u get up in the morning!! :)

  20. Sierra
    November 26, 2010

    Well Cheyenne, if they are saying they will help the hungry……… they should do that! You don’t care??? I know you and you said you do CARE because in 1 day you collected 10,000 grains of rice!!!! You even said you feel BAD when you don’t play that game! It is good 2 do something while you are bored, but you don’t care about the people starving?

  21. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    well sierra u do realize we r sitting next to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! y r u posting when u dont have to!!!!!!! and your comment doesnt even make the slighest amount of sense!!!!!!!!!!! u said i didnt care and then u said i DID care… whats up with that!!!!! and i meant who cares if its a scam!!! so i do care and we r really weirdos cause we r posting instead of talking!!!! UGH!!!! :) ;) :) ;) :p ;p

  22. Sierra
    November 26, 2010

    How would I know what you meant????????????????? You didn’t SAY what you meant so I guessed it was the ACTUAL subject we were talking about!!!!! Anyways,what about you posting when YOU don’t have 2???? You are doing the same EXACT thing I’m doing! So why are you blaming me??????????? Bye, whatever……………….. :p

  23. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    ok :) oh and master.. U JUST POSTED SOMETHING 2!!! THINK!!! and everyone.. remember.. play freerice!!!!

  24. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    oh and bob, u just commented!!

  25. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    i love freerice!!!

  26. Cheyenne
    November 26, 2010

    i dont think freerice is a scam :) :) :) ;) ;) ;)

  27. Ricebag
    December 12, 2010

    Whether you believe in Free-Rice or not, how about only giving an opinion if you can actually back it up with evidence? That way the Truth might have a chance to emerge… So if anyone has proof one way or the other, go ahead and show your proof – otherwise it’s just rumoring.

  28. Maddy
    January 17, 2011

    I believe that you guys should be nice bout this,its a game for jeesh sake. you learn from this website. We use it at our school.The website Free rice.com influces you to do better in what ever subject you need help in and it makes you be lucky for what you all have. The website freerice may or may not be a spam,be it influces you to think about people in need.

  29. alexa osborn
    February 18, 2011

    its real. people wouldnt just have you answer questions an then tell you that your getting rice and then just not. that would be stupid. besides, its for a good cause and if your not sure about it do it anyway. it cant hurt.

  30. Em
    July 15, 2011

    Regardless of whether or not it is a scam, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, don’t go on it. Simple as that. If you do, then go for it and if you’re lucky someone else will benefit from the fact that you are increasing your vocabulary and enriching your knowledge in other areas that are now available on FreeRice.

    But if you don’t like it then don’t do it. Don’t try and influence other people into doing what you want. Let them make their own minds.

  31. Aly
    December 18, 2011

    Well guys just saying but the website is owned by the UN which really can’t make it scam and whether it is or not it’s still a great way to expand your common knowledge, and my friends and I use it daily.

  32. Hannah
    April 22, 2012

    Maybe all of you guys that can’t spell correctly but are protesting that this website is a scam should go onto it and try it out. That way even if your opinion hasn’t changed, your argument will at least seem more valid.

    Oh, and it is indeed a legitimate charity. It was created by a single man, but it’s now run by the UN World Food Program, so that the over $5 million already used to give meals to those in need can continue to grow.

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