In the United States, there are nine million children under the age of six that lack nutritious food as a result of their economic situation at home. Sesame Workshop, the not for profit organization behind Sesame Street, is working to form an advisory board to explore issues that affect families and children impacted by poverty on January 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The advisory board will bring together a group of experts and organizations to discuss the effects poverty can have on a child’s social, emotional and scholarly well-being. Additionally, the board will help the program look for ways to support low-income families and offer resources to help kids reach their full potential.
The program was launched in 2010 with the purpose of educating thousands of families about the importance of nutrition. The initiative focuses on kids between the ages of 2 and 8 years-old, who regularly have little to no access to nutritious and affordable food. The educational materials include an original video with the Sesame Street muppets and among them, the “Superfoods.” For more information, visit www.sesamestreet.org/food.