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Children’s Hunger Addressed On Sesame Street

Sunday's Sesame Street special introduced Lily, a seven-year-old pink Muppet who didn't always have enough to eat.

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Photo: Michael Donovan (Flickr)

The special on the long-running kids' show was designed for children to have an understanding of what their peers might be going through.

This past Sunday, the Muppets addressed a serious subject affecting 17 million children — hunger.

Seven-year-old pink Muppet Lily appeared on Sesame Street to tell other characters about her family’s struggles and how sometimes there isn’t enough food.

Lily, Elmo and friends work together to organize a food drive for a local food bank, driving home the message, “it helps when we all come together,” the Muppet told ABC.

Recent statistics depict a grim image of hunger in America. 15 percent of homes are “food insecure.”

Nearly half of the 17 million food insecure children are under the age of six.

Read More:

  • Muppets With A Message (ABC News)
  • Poverty-stricken Muppet’s debut praised as real, honest (CTV News)
  • ‘Hungry Muppet’ Teaches Kids About Poverty (Sky News)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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