By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Lily, a new Sesame Street character whose family uses a food pantry.

The PBS children's program Sesame Street will air a special October 9 devoted to raising awareness of childhood hunger, a problem that affects as many as 16 million American children.  The show hopes to educate families about ways they can help alleviate hunger, from growing a vegetable garden to volunteering at a food pantry to organizing a food drive.  A new Muppet, Lily, is also introduced to the show, revealing to Elmo that she and her family sometimes visit the food pantry.

"What's still missing is that we're not seeing the face of hunger up close," Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Street's Senior Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices told NPR, which reports:

The special airs October 9 on PBS.

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