Sesame Street unveils a new character this month. This new muppet lives in poverty and often goes to bed without food.

Sesame Street Lily
Photo Courtesy of the Children's Television Workshop

When I tell my friends about the new impoverished character, most say "don't they already have one who lives in a garbage can? Yes, that would be Oscar the Grouch. But Lily is being added to the show to talk about her ongoing struggle with hunger issues.  We will get to see Lily for the first time in a one-hour Sesame Street primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger. The special will star country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley.  The Paisleys issued this statement: “Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children.” The special will share the stories of real-life families who wake up every day not knowing how they will eat that day.  The special is set to air nationwide on Oct. 9.

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