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Fight Global Hunger While Preparing for the SAT with Freerice

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Believe it or not, school will be starting again very soon. This means for high school students it’s time to prepare for the SAT to help with their college applications. The next SAT test is scheduled for October 6, 2012. Others are to follow November 3 and December 1. It’s never too early to start doing some preparation.

During these coming months food prices globally will likely rise because of this summer’s drought. How does this global crisis connect to SAT test preparation? Actually it can, because if you use Freerice.com to prepare for the SAT you can help donate rice to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest food aid organization.

Freerice is an online learning game where for every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to WFP, paid for by advertisers. The site has recently added an SAT preparation section in partnership with Kaplan. There are currently 500 questions in the Freerice SAT prep section.

Rene McGuffin, WFP senior spokesperson, says: “By playing the SAT subject on Freerice, students not only make a big impact on their test scores. They now also make a big impact on hunger. They build a brighter future for themselves while brightening the future for students like them around the world.”

Freerice also has vocabulary, chemistry, foreign languages, math, and other subjects available to play. You can also create teams. Your school, for instance, could create an SAT preparation team and keep track of how many grains of rice you have earned.

Worldwide there are nearly one billion people who suffer from hunger. This number could very well increase with a rise in food prices and continued conflict in countries like Sudan and Somalia. Playing Freerice is one way you can support the UN World Food Programme’s hunger relief efforts.

Freerice donations have supported hunger relief in Haiti and Cambodia, including school meal programs. It is school feeding that gives children in developing countries an opportunity to learn and build their future, much as students will be doing this fall by taking the SAT.

“Kaplan’s SAT questions help Freerice players to build their vocabulary, and playing Freerice helps the world’s most vulnerable populations reach their full potential,” said Nancy Roman, WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships.

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About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.