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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