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National Hunger Awareness Day

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Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day, the day set aside to remind everyone that hunger is still a problem close to home. According to statistics from a 2004 UCLA study, 8.2% of all adults in Los Angeles County are food insecure with hunger, while 29.8% of all adults in Los Angeles County are food insecure. That places Los Angeles County nearly 5% higher than the national average of 3.5%.

Events are taking place across the Southland, from prayer breakfasts to food drives, to encourage action. Locally, The Laugh Factory is holding it's fourth annual 24-hour food drive.

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Beginning at midnight tonight and running through midnight tomorrow, The Laugh Factory will have its doors open and a staff of comedians will be accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items. Anyone who contributes $10 worth of food will receive a free ticket to the club good during the month of June, as well as free admission June 7th.

Additionally, The Laugh Factory welcomes needy families and individuals who would benefit from the food to come and collect some at any time. At the end of the drive, the collected food will be distributed through the LA Foodbank.

For more information on this event, call (323) 656-1336. For more information on other local National Hunger Awareness Day events, check the website.