Girl Scout Cookie season begins

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The 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season has begun.

January 2 kicked off what Girl Scouts of Western New York calls “the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders.”

The organization says every cookie purchase helps girls during a time when their “needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations.”

Locally, the Girl Scout Cookie program will run from January 12 until March 31. Booth sales will go from March 3-31.

Money raised through the program is used to “power amazing experiences,” involving “travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming,” Girls Scouts of Western New York wrote.

They say that many Girl Scouts use the money for community projects, such as helping animal shelters or food banks.

“Every year, Girl Scouts all over western New York use their cookie earnings to do amazing things in their communities and beyond,” Judith Cranston, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York, said. “As the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is powering the next century of girl entrepreneurs toward greatness and adult volunteers and girls can still join Girl Scouts.”

Along with classics like Thin Mints and Caramel deLites, a new cookie will also be sold this year — Caramel Chocolate Chip.

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