Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley will star alongside the Sesame Street Muppets in a new Sesame Street special, Growing Hope Against Hunger reports Entertainment Weekly. Sponsored by Walmart, the special will introduce a new puppet, Lily, whose family is faced with ongoing hunger issues.
“Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” Brad and Kimberly said in a statement. “We are honored that Sesame Street, with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring and warmth asked us to be a part of this important project.”
The special will share stories of real-life families to raise awareness of hunger in the United States. It will also share strategies that have helped these families find food. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 17 million American children have limited or uncertain access to food. The special will air October 9.