15 million Girl Scout Cookies went unsold this year due to COVID (Update)
A unique problem we're not used to seeing the from Girl Scouts
In the 109 years that the Girl Scout Organization has existed, they've never faced a problem like this. They have millions of unsold cookies, 15 million boxes to be exact.
This season the Girl Scouts introduced a new French toast inspired cookie, but that wasn't enough to combat the impact COVID had made on their sales.
Cookie season typically means camping out outside or stores, going door to door and other means of sale, but nationwide the organization opted for safer measures. The unfortunate part of that is the things that the Girl Scouts are known for programming, travel, camps and day to day activities, are dependent upon the revenue from the cookie sales, so they will feel the financial impact.
Though they switched to online sales and started a partnership with Grubhub, cookie sales were down from the regular estimate of 200 million boxes of cookies per year. Spokeswoman for the Girl Scout of the USA, Kelly Parisi, said that the decline in sales, "was to be expected."
Each variety of cookie only lasts 12 months, and for many troops and councils there are hundreds, thousands and even millions of boxes left on the shelves that they are scrambling to sell or donate before the expiration date.
They estimate that there will be extra work to put in as troop members begin to rebound for the coming year.
*Update from the Girls Scouts of the USA*
"The outpouring of support for the cookie program has been overwhelming, so we've launched a donation-only site to support the Girl Scout Movement, after an unprecedented year. Please visit https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/girlscouts2021 if you want to support the cookie program and donate cookies to first responders, food banks and other worthy causes."