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Lilly the Impoverished PBS Muppet Sells 'Free Lunches'

PBS’ Sesame Street, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Merck Pharmaceuticals have teamed up to teach “food insecure” children that they can get free breakfast and lunch at school.

A DVD kit is being handed out to children and families so that they are aware of the tax-funded meals that are served at their public schools.

The video packet is aimed at families that as Lilly says, “can’t always afford all the food”  that they need. The effort reveals to families how they might augment their current public assistance for food with the additional public school lunch programs.

In North Carolina, EBT cards (the electronic version of food stamps) for a family of four is given up to $688.00 per month for groceries which adds up to $8,256.00 per year.[1]

In Durham County, the two meals mentioned in the program would add up to $3.70 per K-5 child if the meals were paid for by the parents[2]. As the school year in Durham County has 180 days the total benefit for school-provided meals is an additional $1332.00 per year for a 2 child family.

Using PBS method of eating breakfast and lunch at school on school days and all other meals at home on other days, the total tax-funded benefit per 4 member, 2-child family would be $9,588.00 per year or roughly $800.00 per month for food.

Jeanette Betancourt says that Sesame saw the impact that Lilly had and is deciding to use the muppet as a tool against poverty in-general. Sesame Workshop has not yet returned CDN’s request for comment on future ‘Lilly’ material as well as what role PBS believes the parents of the children should play in their children’s meals.

[1] – North Carolina Dept. of Social Services:
[2] – Durham Public Schools:

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  1. Who would have guessed you could make so much being poor? add in some housing assistance, utility assistance, medicaid, some chips for the kiddos and why would anyone want to work? Panhandling on the corner with the kids in tow should bring in another 20 grand or so.

  2. But Mrs “O” said we’re all too fat! Can’t have it both ways honey.

    Let’s see, free breakfast, lunch, then home to food-stamp dinner (I saw a lady buying steak and crablegs on stamps the other day, certainly eating better than my family, of course we actually pay taxes and hope we don’t owe each April 15th) Then a lot of schools have eliminated PE to cut costs. Add in latch-key kids not allowed to go outside to play while (too dangerous or whatever) and anyone with eyes can see why we might have fat kids.

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