Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet, a 7-year-old girl who represents a problem affecting 17 million American children, reports The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.
The character is what the Department of Agriculture calls "food insecure," meaning her access to food is limited or uncertain, the story notes.
The character, Lily, will appear on a prime-time special designed to raise awareness about hunger, the piece notes. Called "Growing Hope Against Hunger," the special is aiming for a hopeful tone as Lily visits a community garden and meets Muppets such as Elmo, Bert and Grover.
The character is planned only for the special, which will air Sunday, the piece adds.