Just weeks ago, we called on our donors and supporters to help local Girl Scouts in a time of need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic impacted cookies sales, changing the outlook of the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program. If cookies go unsold, Girl Scouts’ experiences are at risk – including future programming, troop finances and scholarships for low-income Girl Scouts. To cultivate support from the community, the Cookie Relief Fund was created. For each donation of $4, a package of cookies would be donated to local food pantries, healthcare workers, and first responders.
While the Cookie Relief Fund campaign continues, and the remaining cookies can still be funded and donated, we’d be remiss not to recognize the incredible work our donors, supporters, and members have already done the past few months for our council and communities.
In addition to money raised, Girl Scouts in Greater Iowa and beyond have sparked hope and shown love to others. They’ve come together and sewn masks, provided cookies and supplies for essential workers, and shown grace and patience as the council has adapted programs and services.
Our donors (that’s you!) have stepped up and funded over 12,000 packages of cookies to medical workers, food pantries, and Central Iowa Shelter and Services as part of the Cookie Relief Fund.
Many cookies have been donated to Food Bank of Iowa as part of the Cookie Relief Fund. Food Bank CEO Michelle Book said, “The need we have seen has doubled and in some cases tripled. These cookies will go into emergency food boxes and brighten the day of every person who receives food from the Food Bank of Iowa.”
Together, our members and supporters have embraced wholly what it means to make the world a better place. You can continue to fund our remaining cookies by donating here. Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts and the Cookie Relief Fund!