Girl Scouts kick off COVID-safe cookie sales
(Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf) - Girl Scouts this year are selling cookies in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to keep themselves and their customers safe. Even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls at Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf (GSLPG) are adapting their sales methods to share the joy of Girl Scout Cookies through the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program—including taking contact-free pickup and delivery orders through a new national collaboration with Grubhub.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program has long taught girls how to run a business via in-person booths, door-to-door activity, and the Digital Cookie® platform online, which GSUSA launched in 2014. Though things may look a little different this year, girls are finding innovative ways to continue supplying cookies to customers.
“Girls and families are making decisions on how they want to safely participate in the cookie program this year,” said Amaris Harris, GSLPG Marketing & Communications Director. “The Digital Cookie platform is very popular this year as it allows customers to safely order and pay for cookies online and either have them shipped to their homes or through contactless delivery from a Girl Scout.”
The national Girl Scouts organization, GSUSA, is also making it possible for all consumers nationwide who don’t already know a Girl Scout to purchase Girl Scout Cookies online for shipment to their door. Beginning February 1, customers can enter their zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder to find a local troop to purchase from through the Digital Cookie platform for direct shipment or donation to local organizations. This additional contact-free method supports local girls while keeping their safety and skill-building top of mind.
GSLPG is supporting other outside-the-cookie-box tactics to keep girls and their customers safe. From running virtual cookie booths on social media to setting up drive-through cookie booth locations to leaving behind door hangers so customers can get in touch later to make an order, girls as young as five years old are continuing to embrace their entrepreneurial spirits, stay connected to their communities, and have fun by participating in the cookie program. And, the proceeds from each and every purchase stay local with the troop and its council to power Girl Scouts’ essential leadership programming.
“Our Girl Scouts just don’t stop,” said GSLPG CEO Rachel Broussard. “We are so proud of the leadership our girls have displayed in continuing to serve their communities through health, economic, civil and social crises. They’ve made masks for essential workers; practiced compassion by collecting toiletries and food for those in need, shown respect and gratitude by writing to the elderly, and more. That leadership and grit are in part powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program and this year, with all that’s going on in the world, we know our girls need that fuel like never before. We have to rise to the occasion and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed”
One of the newest tools for this year? Grubhub.
This season, GSLPG is participating in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub so girls have an additional way to facilitate contact-free cookie orders. The program is being piloted in the Shreveport and Lafayette areas beginning in February, and consumers will be able to order Girl Scout Cookies for pickup or delivery on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app.
As hands-on experience in managing e-commerce, local Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders, manage inventory, and more, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. As always, the proceeds benefit the troop and council while providing another innovative way to safely run the cookie program virtually.
“This partnership is a game-changer,” Broussard said. “It not only broadens access for customers to find and have access to Girl Scout cookies, but with girls helping run the program on the back end, it gives girls a new perspective on how to run a business. Those leadership and entrepreneurship skills are hallmarks of the cookie program and we are so grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing troops’ and councils’ proceeds.”
How to Safely Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Season
GSLPG’s Girl Scout Cookie season is January 8 – March 6. Consumers can support Girl Scouts by purchasing Thin Mints®, Tagalongs®, Trefoils®, and more in a few different ways:
- If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies in ways that meet local and state safety protocols.
- If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org, text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply. Text STOPGS for STOP, HELPGS for help), or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices to find socially distant or contact-free cookie booths if they are available in your area.
- Visit www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts to order via contact-free delivery from Grubhub in Lafayette and Shreveport areas.
- Beginning February 1, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org to purchase from a local Girl Scout troop online for shipment to your door or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes.
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