Sesame Street has always been known to be one of the best entertainment based learning tools out there for children. They have also been all inclusive throughout its long run on PBS, notably with differently abled people and puppets and characters with different ethnicities. In 2011, they introduced Lily. Lily is a puppet whose family is food insecure and make use of their local food pantry. In a clip you can find here: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2011/10/04/141020644/sesame-street-tackles-child-hunger-one-muppet-at-a-time Lily explains to Elmo that she doesn’t always know where her next meal is coming from. In 2018, Lily’s family also became homeless.
It is important for kids to know they aren’t alone in the struggles and issues that they deal with. Teaching empathy is something that needs to be taught to our children when they are young. Having Lily bring up some very challenging, and very real issues is a great way to begin a conversation with your child. Go to: https://www.sesamestreet.org/home and sign up to learn more about some tools for your child and yourself. Tips on shopping, healthy foods, trying new things and more are available via the website.