New Muppet Named Lily To Appear On Sesame Street To Highlight Poverty
A new Muppet named Lily is to appear on “Sesame Street” for one night only, talking to children about poverty and hunger.
On Sunday night’s special, 7-year-old Lily will tell viewers about insecurity over whether her family will have enough to eat, reports AP.
In a preview video Wednesday in which Lily appeared alongside “Sesame Street” veteran Elmo, she expressed her concerns about food scarcity.
“When you don't even know whether you're going to have a next meal or not, that can be pretty hard," Lily told Elmo, reports AFP.
The fuchsia-faced puppet will be seeing going to a pantry for food and also volunteering there.
“Sesame Street” executive Jeanette Betancourt explained the children’s show invents new Muppets occasionally, usually to help illustrate particular social issues, AP reports.
Four years ago, a Muppet was created for inclusion in a special on military families at a time of war.
Country-rock star Brad Paisley will host the Sunday “Sesame Street” special, entitled “Growing Hope Against Hunger,” AFP reports.
"Many people don't realize this is a problem that hits close to home," says Paisley on the show.
"One in four children do not regularly know where their next meal is coming from, in our country,” he said, reports AFP.
Some 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty last year, or 15.1 percent of the population, the highest level in 52 years, according to the US Census Bureau.