Sesame Street Introduces Show on Child Hunger (Video)
|Sesame Street Workshop|
|Lilly the muppet gets food from a food bank.|
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: