Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, which serves greater Sacramento (and 17 surrounding counties), has teamed up with Grubhub to make ordering cookies on demand easier for residents in select regions. Sacramento, Davis and Woodland are among the locations benefiting from this new program, part of Girl Scouts’ efforts to move cookie sales to a more digital platform in 2021.
The efforts come as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put the kibosh on local events, which has hindered booth sales for many troops. That, plus an increased focus on safety for both Girl Scouts and the community, has also limited door-to-door sales. “We have not ruled it out completely and are watching the risk levels daily,” says Sara Hanson, communications and public relations specialist for GSHCC, of in-person booth sales. However, virtual platforms, including a partnership with Grubhub are the focus for 2021.
To take advantage of the straight-to-consumer cookie delivery method, users need to download the Grubhub app, log on and search for Girl Scout cookies. Once you’ve selected the cookies to order, a Grubhub driver will go to the home of a Girl Scout or troop leader who is signed up on the app, pick up the desired cookies and deliver them to your door, just like any other Grubhub delivery. It works the same way as traditional Grubhub business except that drivers connect with local Girl Scouts instead of a restaurant to collect the goods. Also, Grubhub is waiving fees associated with these orders to keep money in the hands of the troops.
Contactless options are available on cookie orders as well and can be found at girlscoutcookies.org.
It’s important to note that 2021 will be the last year of sales for the S’mores cookie, which is retiring after this year. It is also the first year of sales for Toast-Yay!, a French toast-inspired cookie dipped in icing. “It’s already becoming a quite popular cookie,” Hanson says.