In Honor of National Rice Month...


This seemingly small grain is, in reality, is quite powerful when you consider its global presence. It feeds more than half of the world's population, unites communities, nourishes families, and welcomes strangers to learn about a food culture.

Like many others in the world, I have a special relationship with rice. My father grew up in Cuba where rice was the foundation for every meal. Passing down tradition, I grew up eating rice and eggs for breakfast and sometimes arroz con pollo for dinner. Having an autoimmune disorder, rice is a significant part of my diet that provides sustenance. This special grain not only nourishes me, but provides a warm feeling of nostalgia and comfort.

Having traveled, I am amazed of the many forms rice takes on and the similar rice dishes found within culture to culture. I remember my stay in Vietnam for a month where it was common to eat rice and egg or rice and meat for lunch, similar to my Cuban culture. I recall watching a televised food special on BBC where an African village prepared seasoned rice in a large pan meant to be shared with the entire community. Rice is a shared experience among citizens of the world, and it has the power to spark joy, build connections, and save lives.

821 million people do not get enough food to eat in order to lead a wholesome and productive life.

That is the very mission of World Food Programme's Free Rice initiative, an online vocab quiz. For every word that is correctly defined, WFP pulls from their donation pool to provide 10 grains of rice to people in need.

The concept is simple but impactful. Thousands of grains of rice have been sent to communities that are vulnerable to starvation. While participation from the online community is overwhelming, so is the amount of people in need of food.

821 million people do not get enough food to eat in order to lead a wholesome and productive life. If we can help prevent starvation by taking an online quiz, the task not only seems simple, but necessary.

Join the community dedicated to ending world hunger by taking the Free Rice quiz here. By correctly choosing 20 words, you will generate one bowl of rice.

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