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Bloomington Girl Scout troops to sell cookies through Grubhub this weekend

<p>Ainsley and Wren Ferguson pose for a photo by a Girl Scout cookie selling location for troop 3154. Eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies are available for delivery on Grubhub in Bloomington.</p>

Ainsley and Wren Ferguson pose for a photo by a Girl Scout cookie selling location for troop 3154. Eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies are available for delivery on Grubhub in Bloomington.

Eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies are available for delivery on Grubhub in Bloomington after a partnership with the Girl Scouts of America launched this weekend.

Bloomington Girl Scout-Grubhub booths will be open 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5-8 p.m. Sunday. Girl Scout cookie sales in Central Indiana will end in mid-March.

Katie Dawson, communications manager for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, said the Grubhub initiative is only available in select cities and allows the girls to have an additional way of managing contactless cookie orders. 

When a customer orders cookies through the Grubhub app or website, Dawson said local Girl Scouts track and fulfill the orders while also managing the inventory.

“It's a great way for them to still learn some of the amazing skills that they learned through the Girl Scout cookie program just in a different kind of way,” Dawson said.

Dawson said the Central Indiana council has a location where troops can manage Grubhub orders and serve the City of Bloomington, and individual troops must come to the council’s location to fulfill Grubhub orders. Dawson said the council lets troops know that spots in the Grubhub location are available and troops can sign up on a first come, first-serve basis.

Jill Ferguson, a co-service unit manager and Girl Scout Troop 3154 leader, said her troop did not know what to expect going into cookie season this year. She said her troop and many others have ordered at least half of the number of cookies they normally order. This year, Ferguson said her troop will be selling at the CVS parking lot near College Mall and the Kroger on Liberty Drive. 

“I think I am excited about it because I do feel like there's a lot of people that are not feeling comfortable going out and about,” Ferguson said. 

Ferguson said it is easiest to find them on Grubhub by searching “Girl Scout Cookies.”

Beth Rosales, Girl Scout Troop 3129 leader and Monroe County Services cookie manager, said her troop participated in the first Grubhub booth and didn’t receive any orders through Grubhub.

“I know in some more largely populated areas, they’ve been a lot more successful than the booths that my troop held,” Rosales said.

While they were waiting for orders to come in, Rosales said she and her daughter made thank you notes to include in orders.

Outside of the new Grubhub initiative, Dawson said many Girl Scouts are finding creative ways to sell cookies contact-free and socially distanced. Customers can also buy cookies through the Digital Cookie plan. Which allows people to place orders for cookies online and have them shipped or delivered by a Girl Scout. 

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