Meet Lily, a muppet facing growing concern: national hunger

The new character of Lily was designed to confront a growing national struggle -- food insecurity.

Story highlights

  • Lily is a pink muppet with long pigtails, resembling a 7-year-old girl
  • Sesame Street portrays Lily and her family dealing with food insecurity
  • Nationwide, more families visited food pantries during the recession, USDA says
Move over, Cookie Monster. And pipe down, Oscar the Grouch.
There's a new muppet in town, and she's hungry.
Her name is Lily, and the newest member of the muppet pantheon symbolizes a serious social condition in today's recessionary era: nationwide hunger.