St. Louis, MO – January 12, 2021 – This year, girls across eastern Missouri adjust to a new normal, but Girl Scouts is not canceled. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program® kicked off this past Saturday, during a challenging time when many Girl Scouts are selling in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to keep themselves and their customers safe. Even in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to share the joy of Girl Scout Cookies through the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program – including contact-free pickup and delivery orders through a new national collaboration with Grubhub.
All purchases of Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Lemon-Ups® and other Girl Scout Cookie favorites are an investment in girl leadership in our local community. With every sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls how to think like entrepreneurs as they run their own small businesses and learn skills like goal setting, people skills, decision making, money management and business ethics. As the pandemic became widespread this year, many girl entrepreneurs experienced the same challenges as other businesses and quickly changed their emphasis to virtual sales. Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri have embraced their entrepreneurial spirit by selling cookies through online platforms and innovative virtual cookie booths on social media. And though social distancing measures may keep families and friends apart, cookie customers can share moments of joy and stay connected with others this season by making cookie donations or shipping cookies directly to others in a giftbox via the Digital Cookie® online platform. Beginning February 1, customers who do not already know a Girl Scout will be able to purchase Girl Scout Cookies online for shipment to their door. Customers can go online to the Girl Scout Cookie Finder, enter their zip code, and find a local troop to purchase from through the Digital Cookie platform for direct shipment or donation to local organizations.
This season, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri 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. A 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. This method will be available for customers to order Girl Scout Cookies for pickup or delivery on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app on weekends February 12-March 7. As always, the proceeds benefit the troop and local Girl Scout Council while providing another innovative way to safely run the cookie program virtually. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Girl Scouts of the USA are 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.
For these eastern Missouri Girl Scouts, giving back is essential to the Girl Scout leadership journey. Charitable customers who also wish to give back can show their support with Project Thank You, a girl-led community service effort during the Cookie Program. Each donation of $5 provides one package of cookies to organizations that serve military personnel and veterans, those in need and those who help our community stay safe. Last year, more than 97,000 packages of cookies were gifted and distributed through the USO of Missouri. This year, local Girl Scouts are working toward donating 100,000 cookie packages.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s 2021 cookie line-up includes Lemon-Ups®, a crispy lemon cookie baked with inspirational messages, which joins classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Trefoils®, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, all for $5 a box. Also available are Toffee-tastics® and S’mores™, which are $6. To find a Girl Scout troop selling cookies near you, visit girlscoutsem.org/cookies or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.