CAPITAL REGION — COVID-19 has made selling cookies, a quintessential Girl Scout tradition, nearly impossible.
Due to social distancing and other safety measures, most Girl Scouts haven’t been able to sell the famous boxes of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoas. It’s left more than 300,000 boxes sitting in storage.
That’s not to say they’re all going to waste. Starting Sunday, the unsold boxes of cookies will be available at local Price Chopper/Market 32 locations.
The grocery store chain recently partnered with Girl Scouts to market and sell the classic confectioneries. Proceeds from the cookie sales will go to Girl Scout councils across Price Chopper’s six-state footprint.
“When we went into quarantine, our council was one of only a handful across the country that had not even started our cookie booth sales,” said Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) in a press release.
“We will now have the opportunity to not only recoup our costs but to fund important educational and leadership programs for our more than 8,200 Girl Scouts in this region.”
The traditional flavors like Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils and Lemon-Ups will all be available at local Price Chopper Supermarkets and Market 32 locations. Each box is $5.
“This is one of those very special community opportunities for which we knew we could provide a solution,” said Scott Grimmett, president and CEO of Price Chopper/Market 32. “It pairs us with a dynamic and historically significant non-profit organization that does great work empowering girls in our communities, while at the same time enabling us to give our customers access to these delicious cookies, which remain an iconic part of the American experience.”
“Through the Girl Scout cookie program, our girls become empowered, learn financial skills, how to be flexible and gain insight into how businesses work,” said Buszuwski. “This year, through the example being set by Price Chopper/Market 32, they’re also learning how businesses can meaningfully support their communities. This is a lesson that will have a lifelong impact on these girls and all of us.”
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