BETTENDORF, Iowa–Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season during a challenging time when many Girl Scouts have adjusted to sell in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to keep themselves and their customers safe.
Even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls have adapted 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.
Additionally, GSUSA will make online cookie ordering available nationwide on Feb. 1 so consumers who do not know a Girl Scout can still purchase cookies from a local troop for direct shipment to their homes or donation to local military and first responders.
Innovative Girl-led Sales Methods
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 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the middle of the 2020 season and girls were faced with the same challenges as other small businesses, girls quickly pivoted their sales methods. Girls as young as five-years-old continue to embrace their entrepreneurial spirits, stay connected to their communities, and have fun by participating in the Cookie Program. The proceeds from each and every purchase stay local with the troop and its council to power Girl Scouts’ essential leadership programming.
This year, Girl Scouts also provided new materials as part of their cookie badge program to support girls as they run their cookie business online and via social media, helping to better equip them to sell during these times.
Ordering Now Available Through Delivery Platform Grubhub
This season, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois will participate in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub so girls have an additional way to facilitate contact-free cookie orders. In Waterloo, the Quad Cities, and Cedar Rapids, consumers can order Girl Scout Cookies for pickup or delivery on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app on select weekends in February and March. 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. As always, the proceeds benefit the troop and council while providing another innovative way to safely run the cookie program virtually. GSUSA feels grateful that Grubhub waived all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing troops’ and councils’ proceeds.
Online Ordering Available Nationwide Feb.1
GSUSA will make it possible for all consumers nationwide who do not already know a Girl Scout to purchase Girl Scout Cookies online for shipment to their door. Beginning Feb. 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.
How to Safely Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Season
Locally, Girl Scout Cookie season runs until March 14. Consumers can support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies 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 Waterloo, the Quad Cities, and Cedar Rapids on weekends in February and March.
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois feel grateful for the many businesses opening space outside their retail locations for Girl Scouts to sell cookies in a safe and socially distant manner, when allowed by local COVID-19 guidelines.
- Beginning Feb. 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.
Traditional cookie flavors cost $5 per package and the specialty gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookies cost $6 per package.