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Entertainment Weekly reports this week that the iconic childrens’ program “Sesame Street” has a new Muppet in the neighborhood, joining Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, and Cookie Monster.

According to the story, “The iconic kids show is set to unveil a new impoverished puppet named Lily, whose family faces an ongoing struggle with hunger issues. Lily will be revealed in a one-hour ‘Sesame Street’ primetime special, ‘Growing Hope Against Hunger,’ which is being sponsored by Walmart.”

The article goes on:

“The special will share the stories of real-life families to raise awareness of hunger issues in the United States, as well as strategies that have helped these families find food. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 17 million American children — nearly 1 in 4 — have limited or uncertain access to affordable and nutritious food. Walmart is sponsoring the show as part of a $1.5 million grant toward the initiative and holding screenings in select communities.

“The special is set to air nationwide on Oct. 9.”
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