01.13.2021

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Think Outside the Box this Cookie Season to Safely Deliver a Taste of Normalcy During Challenging Times

Girl Scout #Cookiepreneurs in Heart of Central California are selling cookies such as the new Toast-Yay!™ in safe, creative, and socially distant ways, including a new delivery service collaboration with Grubhub.

Sacramento, California, January 13, 2021—Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) has kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to safely share the joy of Girl Scout Cookies through the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program.

By training girls to run virtual cookie booths on social media, facilitate online orders that ship directly to customers’ doors, navigate new contact-free order pickup and delivery options, and manage a delivery partnership with GrubHub, GSHCC is helping 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.

Proceeds from each and every purchase stay local with the troop and GSHCC to power Girl Scouts’ essential leadership programming. Whether it’s a trip she’ll never forget, a service project that will change her community forever, experimenting with science, robotics and math, or the opportunity to build a lifetime of memories at camp, Girl Scout Cookies help make it all happen!

“The Girl Scout cookie program is a bright spot in the community. This year we have created a comprehensive plan to keep girls and their customers safe and have adapted to the current limitations placed upon our traditional face-to-face experiences,” said Dr. Linda E. Farley, CEO for the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. “We are excited for the community to once again support girls and their entrepreneurial endeavors by purchasing their favorite cookies. And this year, we have a new cookie!” 

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California will offer the new Toast-Yay!™ cookie, a French toast–inspired cookie dipped in delicious icing and full of flavor in every bite. Toast-Yay! Gives customers a new way to celebrate moments of joy alongside other favorites, like Thin Mints® and Caramel deLites®. And though social distancing measures may keep families and friends apart, cookie customers can share joy and stay connected this season through a gift-box option that ships directly to others via Smart Cookies, our Digital Cookie platform.

This Girl Scout Cookie season is the last for customers to purchase S’mores, our crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling.

How to Safely Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Season

Girl Scout Cookie season is recognized in our 18-county region now through March 14. Consumers can support Girl Scouts by purchasing Thin Mints®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Lemonades®, and more in a few different ways:

  • As early as today, if you know a registered Girl Scout, you can reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies in ways that meet local and state safety protocols.
  • 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, food banks, and Blue Star Moms. You can also text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply. Text STOPGS for STOP, HELPGS for help).
  • From February 19 through March 14, visit www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts to order via contact-free delivery from Grubhub in the following areas: Sacramento, Modesto, Davis, and Woodland. Days and times may vary. GSHCC is 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.

Key Dates: 

January 8: Girl Scouts Begin Selling to their own social networks

February 13: Girls pick up their cookie orders at the Sacramento Mega Drop (Media access)

February 15: Girls pick up their cookie orders at the Turlock Mega Drop (Media access)

February 19-21: National Cookie Weekend (preordered cookies available for delivery/pickup)

February 1-March 14: Direct ship links available through Cookie Finder or text option

February 19-March 14: Grubhub online order and delivery available (Sacramento, Modesto, Davis, and Woodland with specific days/times available)

March 7: One week left to purchase cookies in 2021

March 14: Last day to purchase cookies until 2022

About Girl Scouts Heart of Central California

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is devoted to building girls of courage, confidence and character across the 18 counties in the Heart of Central California: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.