Sesame Street to tackle food insecurity with impoverished puppet

Uh-oh.  It’s time to redistribute Cookie Monster’s cookies:

The iconic kids show is set to unveil a new impoverished puppet named Lily, whose family faces an ongoing struggle with hunger issues. Lily will be revealed in a one-hour Sesame Street primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, which is being sponsored by Walmart. The special will star country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley, as well as the Sesame Street Muppets.

“Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” said the Paisleys 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.”

Question: When did Sesame Street become so focused on teaching societal issues? From Bert & Ernie’s gay marriage fiasco, to Big Bird’s birtherism and growing unemployment.  What “injustice” might Mr. Snuffleupagus stand for?

UPDATE
One of my colleagues (who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) points out that “Snuffy” actually comes from a broken home and represents a lesson in divorce for kids.  I had no idea.