Girl Scouts Find Ways to Sell Cookies for Good

With its cookie season forced to end early, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is raising money to donate cookies to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, as well as frontline workers.
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PHOTO BY MARLA ANZALONE | GSWPA

The Girl Scout cookie season is always a busy time, with troops selling boxes door-to-door, at their parents’ workplaces and outside of grocery stores. Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs are just some of the many cookies that people love to stock up on. However, amidst the current global pandemic, Girl Scout cookie season is different this year.

Due to COVID-19, Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania was forced to end its cookie season early, leaving at least 250 cases of cookies laying around. This totaled around $15,000 in lost revenue, according to the organization. But instead of letting these cookies go to waste, Girl Scouts is asking people to purchase boxes that will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and its affiliated pantries.

Stefanie Marshall, the public relations and marketing manager for Girl Scouts Western PA, says the idea to came about when Yvonne Cook — president of Highmark Foundation and vice president of community health and programs at Highmark Health — challenged fellow corporate women leaders on the Girl Scouts events committee to purchase remaining cookie inventory from grant-funded Girl Scouts troops.

“During the shutdown, it [is] important to maintain momentum around Girl Scouting activities,” Cook says. “By purchasing cookies and donating them to local families suffering food-insecurity, we support their outreach model and troops while bringing a smile to those in need. At the end of the day, it is a win-win for Girl Scouts, families and our community.”

Cookies cost $5 per box, and within 24 hours of asking people to donate, nearly 1,200 boxes were purchased. People can use this link to donate boxes.

Girl Scouts is offering another donation initiative called Hometown Heroes that will help send packages of cookies to local first-responders, hospitals, school staff and other COVID-19 frontline workers.

Amidst this global crisis, Marshall says the Girl Scouts mission to help underserved communities is especially important.

“With so many school and youth programs being canceled, we believe that the Girl Scout mission is more important than ever to support,” Marshall says. “Our membership is proving that Girl Scouts isn’t necessarily something that you just go to, it’s who we are.”

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