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Girl Scouts in Northern Kentucky, Lexington use ingenuity for safe, social-distant cookie sales

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season earlier this year with safety in mind and using new digital tools: Girl Scout Digital Cookie and Smart Cookies Mobile App platform.

Now, Kentucky Girl Scouts announces its participation in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub, for facilitation of contact-free cookie orders.

In Lexington and Northern Kentucky, consumers can order Girl Scout Cookies for pickup or delivery at www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts or the Grubhub App on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-7 p.m. both days, beginning Feb. 5. Kentucky Girl Scouts will manage e-commerce, track and fulfill orders, and manage inventory, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. Grubhub is waiving all fees to make this new delivery option feasible, without reducing Kentucky Girl Scout troops’ and councils’ cookie sale proceeds.

Online Ordering Available Feb. 1

Any Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati consumer who doesn’t already know a Girl Scout can 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.

The Toast Yay! cookie, which is exclusively offered by select councils – and only available locally from Kentucky Girl Scouts, is a French toast–inspired cookie dipped in icing and packed with rich flavor. The Toast-Yay! is available, along with other cookie favorites like Thin Mints and Caramel deLites.

Kentucky Girl Scouts are also using the new Smart Cookies Mobile App, a digital tool that allows girls to sell cookies and track progress from their mobile devices. If customers are looking for a local Girl Scout to purchase cookies from, head to the GSKWR website to be connected with a Girl Scout from your area: https://www.gskentucky.org/findcookies.

Revenue from the Girl Scout Cookie program stays in Kentucky. Girl Scout Cookie sales represent over 80 percent of GSKWR’s annual operating budget. All proceeds are truly girl-focused, with 19 percent going toward camp programs and properties, 19 percent toward troop proceeds and rewards, and 33 percent toward membership, volunteer development and program support. The vital programming that is funded through Girl Scout Cookie season leaves a lifelong impact on Kentucky’s future leaders.

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road

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