Safeway and Thrifty Foods are supporting the Girl Guides of Canada’s amid the COVID-19 pandemic by selling their famous chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies at the checkstands.
Girl Guides sell cookies as a major fundraiser to support their programs which offer girls and young women opportunities to develop confidence and life skills. Traditionally, local units set up outside of retail stores to sell the cookies or go door-to-door to their neighbours.
Because of the pandemic and due to the ongoing need for social distancing, Girl Guides suspended all in-person Girl Guide activities to ensure the health and wellbeing of girls, adult members, volunteers and the greater community.
This suspension has virtually halted the annual spring Girl Guide cookie campaign, one of the organization’s two major fundraising initiatives. As a result, Girl Guides put out a call for help to safely sell the cookies.
In B.C., we have distributed 4,600 cases which equals 55,200 single boxes of cookies. 55 locations including Safeway and Thrifty Foods in BC have cookies. All Surrey Safeways are included in this venture.