Ethical Eating

Sesame Street Introduces Show on Child Hunger (Video)

Lily is an adorable hot pink muppet in a little blue dress. Lily is also very hungry.

In a departure from the usual songs about the ABCs, Sesame Street aired a special last evening on childhood hunger.

Growing Hope Against Hunger introduced Lily, a muppet girl who said her family sometimes has to get food from the local food bank.

The show, which featured country singer Brad Paisley; his wife, Kimberly;

Elmo; and Super Grover, also highlighted real children who both use

food banks and who volunteer at them.

According to Growing Hope Against Hunger, almost 17 million children in the United States (about one in four kids) don't know where their next meal is coming from.

The show tells the story of childhood hunger without scaring the kids it

was meant for. It could also empower children to not be ashamed to take

advantage of local food programs at churches and schools. And that's a

powerful message.

Here's a clip, which features Lily the muppet:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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