Meet The New Muppet of the Day: Sesame Street is set to add a new member to its roster of friendly, fuzzy characters: Lily, the 7-year-old “food insecure” Muppet.
Lily — who represents the 17 million children for whom access to food is uncertain — will be introduced to viewers during an upcoming Sesame Street special about hunger in America.
“We thought long and hard about how do we really represent this from a child’s point of view?,” said Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president for outreach and educational practices Jeanette Betancourt. “We felt it was best to have this new Muppet take this on in a positive way and a healthy way.”
Everything from Lily’s clothing to her voice and mannerism has been geared towards making her as realistic and empathetic as possible. “She wants to talk about this topic,” says Betancourt, ““because she knows it will help many other families and children, but it isn’t an easy topic to talk about in the first place.”
“Growing Hope Against Hunger” is scheduled to air this Sunday on PBS.