Sesame Street Introduces ‘Food Insecure’ Muppet

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Ernie and Bert may or may not be gay, but Lily, the new 7-year-old girl on Sesame Street, is definitely hungry. On a PBS prime-time special airing on Sunday, the show hopes to raise hunger awareness in America by featuring the new puppet who represents "one of the 17 million American children that the Department of Agriculture estimates are food insecure, meaning their access to food is limited or uncertain," says ArtsBeat. As of now, Lily is only making a cameo on this particular evening, and her purpose is meant to be hopeful. [ArtsBeat/NYT]