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Sesame Street Takes on Hunger
Oct 21, 2011by Autumn Sakai
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This month Sesame Street introduced their newest Muppet this month, 7 year-old Lily. Her Magenta skin and red dreadlocks are typical Muppet but she's a character struggling with food insecurity. In short, she and her family are hungry.
We thank Sesame Street for tackling this important issue and bringing the importance of food pantries and food assitance into the mainstream.
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