October 04, 2011 9:40am PT by Rebecca Ford
'Sesame Street' Introduces New Muppet in Hunger Special (Video)
There’s a new Muppet in town.
The nonprofit organization that produces Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop, is bringing a one-hour primetime special to PBS to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in the U.S. The special will star musician Brad Paisley and actress Kimberly Williams Paisley, and a new Muppet named Lily, whose family has an ongoing struggle with hunger.
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“Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” said Brad and Kimberly Paisley in a joint 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.”
Growing Hope Against Hunger presents families’ personal stories to raise awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in the United States, as well as strategies that have helped these families find resources and grow stronger together.
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For now, 7-year-old Lily is only scheduled to appear in the special. Previous Sesame Street specials have explored the subjects of economic instability and children with parents in the military.
The special will air on October 9 at 7 p.m. ET/ PT on PBS.
Watch highlights from the PBS special, Growing Hope Against Hunger: