Girl Scouts Donate 7,000 Packages of Cookies to Students

What’s better than Girl Scout cookies? A surprise package of Girl Scout cookies long after the cookie season has ended!

DMPS students picking up their meals for the Memorial Day weekend will also receive a box of Girl Scout cookies – Shortbreads, Lemonades, Toast-Yays, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, and more flavors.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa filled up a truck this week with several pallets containing more than 7,000 packages of cookies, worth more than $35,000. DMPS Central Nutrition Center staff are distributing cases of cookies among schools with students who will take home meals this weekend. Students who pick up their meals at the CNC will also receive a package of cookies.

“We are thrilled to accept this Girl Scout cookie donation,” said Director of Food and Nutrition Amanda Miller. “Our students will be so excited to see this extra special addition to their weekend meals.”

Donors fund the cookies through the Girl Scout Cookie Relief Fund, where dollars are raised to cover the cost of leftover cookie inventory from the 2021 cookie season that ended in March. This program helps donors double their impact – by helping Girl Scouts and helping other organizations who receive the cookies.

“Girl Scout Cookies are universally loved, and we’re happy to share them with families that participate in this program,” said Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. “By offering the Cookie Relief fund, our donors make a double impact – both to Girl Scouts, and to the organization that receives the cookies.”

Donations to support the Cookie Relief Fund can be made at

The DMPS Central Nutrition Center staff has assembled and distributed more than a million meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. No-cost meals have been available to all students since March 2020 and will continue to be available through the summer meals program, and the 2021-22 school year.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is made up of nearly 14,000 scouts and adults from Central/Western Iowa, NE Nebraska and SE South Dakota. They are united in the belief that every girl can change the world. Participating in Girl Scouts builds courage, confidence, and character, through activities that make the world a better place. Girls discover their inner strength, passions, and talents during regular troop meetings, outings and summer camps. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is always seeking new members and volunteers yearning for their next adventure. Learn more at

Watch a video of Girl Scout cookies being delivered to the Central Nutrition Center in Des Moines