Lily: New Muppet to Teach About Food Insecurity on Sesame Street
Lily: New Muppet to Teach about 'Food Insecure' Families
The Muppets would like you to meet the newest member of its family. Her name is Lily, and she's seven years old. She's also hungry. Lily will appear in a Sesame Street primetime special called “Growing Hope Against Hunger”.
17 million American children are "food insecure". Nothing to do with body image, "food insecurity" is the it-happens-here-too term for "in danger of going hungry": in a country where so many people are obese, there are plenty of families who don't have reliable access to food. Indeed, the CDC found correlation between food insecurity and obesity during a four-year study.
Read the study while your kid is watching Sesame Street.
Lily may be pink (and a Muppet), but she's designed to look human, or at least as human as is possible for a Muppet.
Still, the tone of the special, called “Growing Hope Against Hunger,” is meant to be hopeful as Lily visits a community garden and encounters popular Muppets like Elmo, Rosita, Bert and Grover as well as the celebrity guests Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams Paisley.