Oct 05, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
Sesame Street is about to get a new visitor that may want to pal up with the Cookie Monster. Introducing Lily, a 7-year-old girl who is hungry - or "food insecure."
Lily will debut in a primetime special set to air Sunday, Oct. 9. The special planned by Sesame Workshop is called "Growing Hope Against Hunger," and will deal with the problem of hunger in American families.
"Growing Hope Against Hunger," sponsored by Walmart, will share the stories of real-life families and offer tips on what people can do to help those in need.
Lily will be depicted as an impoverished girl who is raised in a family that faces an ongoing struggle with hunger issues. The creators of the beloved show hope to teach kids about famine. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over 16 million children in the U.S. are "food insecure."
As dour as the special sounds, it's meant to be hopeful.
"We thought long and hard about how do we really represent this from a child's point of view?" Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president for outreach and educational practices, told The New York Times. "We felt it was best to have this new Muppet take this on in a positive way and a healthy way."