Local Girl Scouts will donate more than 13,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to distribute to homebound seniors. The cookies will be delivered on Thursday, June 17, at 2 p.m. to the Meals on Wheels People Central Kitchen at 7710 SW 31st Avenue in Portland. Local Girl Scouts will be on location to help deliver the large donation.
Cookies were donated as part of the Girl Scout Gift of Caring program. During the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program each spring, customers can opt to donate their purchased cookies through the Gift of Caring program. More than 65,000 boxes of cookies donated through the Digital Cookie platform are distributed to seniors and people in need throughout the region via several partnerships with social service agencies, including Meals on Wheels People.
“This donation is really appreciated by our homebound participants, especially now,” said Meals on Wheels People CEO Suzanne Washington. “So many of those we serve are continuing to stay at home more than ever before and had no way to access a traditional Girl Scout Cookie sale. And, a donation of this size substantially reduces our costs for providing desserts with our meals.”
“I am inspired by the life skills being developed in the Cookie Program and this past season was like no other,” said Victoria Foreman, Director of Product Sales for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Girls continue to develop a strong sense of self by participating and were resilient and impressive as they problem solved, managed setbacks and reimagined their plan to build their cookie businesses. I am very proud of the girls’ commitment and success with the Gift of Caring Program this year.”
About the Girl Scout Cookie Program: A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit girlscoutcookies.org.
About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington: In partnership with more than 6,800 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares more than 11,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 35 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information or to join Girl Scouts today, visit girlscoutsosw.org.
About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit: mowp.org.