MANCHESTER, NH – Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains donated 12,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the New Hampshire Food Bank today, which will be distributed to the many families being served by the Food Bank.
The council, which serves more than 10,000 girls across New Hampshire and Vermont, was happy to donate the cookies to brighten the day of the many people adversely affected by the pandemic.
The stay-at-home orders imposed by New Hampshire and Vermont to keep everyone safe from the COVID-19 virus began when Girl Scouts were in the midst of their traditional cookie booth sales, where girls honed their business and financial skills by selling directly to the public. While some troops were able to pivot and sell online, not everyone could do so and the council was left with pallets full of cookies.
“Do you know how many people you’re going to make happy?” said Jennifer Lenox, RFS Administrator and SNAP coordinator at the New Hampshire Food Bank, as she watched cookies going out minutes after being delivered to their warehouse.
“It’s fabulous! I mean, everybody loves Girl Scout Cookies, said Eileen Liponis, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Ban, “and they are going to fly off the shelves! We always try to make sure we have nutritious product accessible, but everybody loves a Girl Scout Cookie. In this time, it’s great to have a little uplifting treat.
“Girl Scouts have a history of helping out in difficult times, and our council is happy to be able to provide help to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The silver lining to the loss of cookie sales is that we can serve those in need this way,” said Kristel Rigoli, Vice President of Operations for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.
In addition to the 30,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies that have already been paid for and donated to the military and our hometown heroes on the front lines of the pandemic through our Gift of Caring campaign, the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is proud to donate these cases from the council’s inventory.
About Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Through our exciting and challenging programs, Girl Scouts not only participate but also take the lead in a range of activities—from kayaking, archery, and camping, to coding, robotics, financial literacy training, and beyond! Serving more than 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org.