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Sesame Street Puts A Face On Hunger In America

Sesame Street Puts A Face On Hunger In America


Sesame Street has a history of introducing new characters to help explain difficult social issues to children. For example, four years ago the show created a Muppet specifically to spur conversation around the impact of war and deployments on military families.

This Sunday the much-loved children’s show will do the same, only this time the character will be a 7-year-old-fuchsia faced Lily who will talk about what life is like when you don’t know if your family will have enough to eat.

In a preview video Lily appears next to Elmo to talk about food insecurity. “When you don’t even know whether you’re going to have a next meal or not, that can be pretty hard,” Lily tells Elmo. Lily will also reportedly go to a food shelter for food and volunteer there.

Country-rock star Brad Paisley will host the Sunday special entitled “Growing Hope Against Hunger” as part of an effort to draw attention to the growing problem of hunger among American families.

With American poverty ranks swelling, and the numbers especially bad for children, Sesame Street is once again doing a real service to the thousands of children affected by this avoidable tragedy. If only we could say the same thing about our members of Congress.

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5:26AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Thanks for showing the way!

11:35AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Sesame Street reaches millions of children with its messages of social responsibility and sensitivity; what better way than by stories of "it's happening to me", told with honesty, respect and compassion by a little one like Lily.

Perhaps not only children will hear Lily's message, but their parents will, as well.

Way to go, Sesame Street!

12:58PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

When I was a child, I thought Sesame Street was a babyish programme for people who couldn't pronounce 'zed' properly. But the older I get, the better I see it is - and was.

1:00PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Thanks, Sesame Street!

7:25PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Great idea it is sad when we have people starving in this country and we send more aide out of the country

9:15PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

What a sad comment about these times.

6:16PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

@ Samuel K----“In this Day and Age” we have greater overpopulation than has ever before destroyed our environment. The oceans are pretty much fished out. Crops are subject to ongoing destruction by unprecedented droughts, floods, fires, insect infestations resulting from climate change, melting glaciers and of course destruction of farmland by ‘development’. Food has consequently become expensive enough to lead to the ‘Arab Spring’, but food costs will continue to increase. Population will soon outgrow the supply of drinking water. That is what “this Day and Age” is about. What did you think it was about ?

5:37PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

And I thought Oscar the Grouch (green puppet) that lives in a trash can was poor...

4:52PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Sesame Street is great, always doing a great job with kids. I love that program!

3:40PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

This is a good idea. Kids see things differant than adults and this could be a good thing.

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