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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Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado6 years ago

Thanks for showing the way!

Marge S.
Past Member 6 years ago

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!

Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

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.

April Thompson
April Thompson6 years ago

Thanks, Sesame Street!

Gale Thomasson
Gale T6 years ago

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

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

What a sad comment about these times.

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

@ 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 ?

Bill S.
Bill S.6 years ago

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

Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo6 years ago

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

Lin Moy
Lin M6 years ago

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