In a clear sign of the times we live in, the upcoming season of the perennial PBS children's program Sesame Street will include an impoverished Muppet named Lily. Sesame Street has put out the video included below on YouTube introducing the very purple puppet.
The brilliant team at the Sesame Workshop is using Lily to explain a very complex and heartbreaking problem to young children while showing ways they can help like volunteering for food pantries and donating food to those who may be less fortunate. “Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” said the Paisleys in a statement. “We are honored that Sesame Street, with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring and warmth asked us to be a part of this important project.”