Our most valuable resource is and always will be our people,
including our volunteers, girl and family members, and our employees.
GSGI is committed to actions that maintain the health and well-being
of our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the outlook of the Girl Scout
Cookie Program. While the program has been extended for our members,
the reality is our new world doesn’t allow for the cookie program to
go on as it has for 100 years with girls going door-to-door and
holding cookie booths in local stores, greeting customers with a warm
smile. Our girls and volunteers have thousands of boxes of cookies to
sell or donate, or ultimately bring back to GSGI. The Cookie Program
funds programs and services for our members, so having unsold cookies
means there will be a severe financial impact for everyone.
As cookie sales are affected, so are the futures of our Girl Scouts'
experiences. Summer camp, future programming, troop finances, and
scholarships for low-income Girl Scouts all take a hit when cookies
are left unsold. You can help by supporting the Cookie Relief Fund and
ensuring girls don’t lose out on the fantastic experiences that cookie
We are seeking community support from friends and business partners
to underwrite the cost of the remaining Girl Scout cookie inventory
that will be donated in local communities. Girl Scout troops will be
selling virtually as they are able and Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
will donate the remaining cookies to local food pantries, healthcare
workers, and first responders. Please support the Cookie Relief Fund today!
For your reference, an unsold case of cookies (12 packages) is a $48
expense for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Due to the suspension of the
cookie program, we estimate that we will have 15,000 to 25,000 of
unsold cases of cookies this year. Here is how your support will
impact Girl Scouts directly:
the cost of one unsold case of cookies, will provide a scholarship to
a girl attending an overnight camp.
$144, the cost of three unsold cases
of cookies, will provide a scholarship for a year of membership
and a camp scholarship for a girl in need.
cost of five unsold cases of cookies, will fund the necessary training
to onboard new troop leaders in fall 2020 and equip them with the
skills to lead a Girl Scout troop.
the cost of ten unsold cases of cookies, will fund the expenses
associated with hosting a STEM learning event for a group of 20 Girl Scouts.
the cost of 22 unsold cases of cookies, provides scholarships for four
middle school Girl Scouts embarking on a life-changing backpacking
adventure in Iowa’s Yellow River State Forest.
the cost of 60 unsold cases of cookies, funds a six-week outreach
program for 12 girls. Outreach programs aim to serve girls from
underserved communities, who otherwise would not have the opportunity
to join Girl Scouts.
Thank you for your support!