Photo: Sesame Workshop
Start dusting off your resume, Cookie Monster.Lily, a seven-year-old puppet whose family is “food insecure,” is moving to Sesame Street.
Lily will make her debut in a one-hour primetime special, “Growing Hope Against Hunger,” and country star Brad Paisley, along with his wife Kelly, will host with the rest of the muppet gang, Entertainment Weekly reports.
In a year when the government reported 45,344,946 Americans collected food stamps in June, the middle class vanished, and even suburbanites fell into poverty, Lily’s move to the small screen feels timely.
Sesame Workshop hopes to raise viewers’ awareness of families hunger issues, along with the strategies they used to find nutritious food, affordable food, which seems to be growing scarce by the minute: Nearly 14 million children lack access to quality food, estimates the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“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 Times’ Arts Beat blog. “We felt it was best to have this new Muppet take this on in a positive way and a healthy way.”
Wal-Mart, who is sponsoring the special, will donate a $1.5 million grant and hold screenings in various communities.