According to my internal clock, if it's Lent, it must be Girl Scout Cookie time. And those scouts stay hip to the times, yo. If you need your GS cookies fix, you know there's an ap for that...
Smart phone users will be pleased to know that you can download a cookie locator ap to keep tabs on local sales using your phone's GPS location to find cookies nearby. If the thought of having Big Sister keep tabs on your GPS freaks you out, fear not. As with years past there will be cookie cupboard pop-ups around the city where you can get your fix.
This year's Cookie Cupboard will run from Tuesday, March 13th through Thursday, May 3rd. As in years past, four of the five boroughs (sorry Bronx...) has their own cupboard. Here are the dates and times for each:
Manhattan Office Cupboard
Girl Scout Council of Greater
43 West 23rd Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Brooklyn Office Cupboard
St. George Episcopal Church
452 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
This location is closed April 5th for Holy Thursday
Queens Office Cupboard
Holy Trinity Evangelical
246-55 87th Avenue
Bellerose, NY 11426
(entrance on 86th Rd. at
Commonwealth at rear of
Staten Island Office Cupboard
613 Midland Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
No appointment is neccessary, you can buy just one box or several cases. If you are planning on a larger order (think a couple cases or more) it is best to phone in advance.
Cookies have gone up in price this year to $4 per box. Bring cash. The money collected from the Cookie Cupboard goes back to the NY Council, not a specific troop.
For those of you in tax mode, according to the Girl Scouts site the purchase of Girl Scout Cookies is sort of tax-deductible depending on the situation.
* The cookies ARE NOT tax-deductible, if the customer keeps the cookies: "Individuals who buy Girl Scout Cookies and take the cookies home, or consume them, have purchased a product at a fair market value. For this reason, no part of the price of a box of Girl Scout Cookies used in this way is tax-deductible."
* The cookies ARE tax-deductible, if the customer leaves the cookies with Girl Scouts. Many Girl Scouts ask customers to pay for one or more boxes of cookies for use in their community service project, for example, collecting for a food pantry. The customers not receiving any Girl Scout Cookies do not benefit directly from paying for them. Those individuals may treat the purchase price of the donated cookies as a charitable contribution.
Purchases made for "Operation: Cookie" a Girl Scout initiative to get cookies to our troops overseas are 100% tax deductible. If you don't want to buy cookies for yourself, consider buying up some boxes for soldiers serving overseas. Girl Scouts will take care of the shipping and delivery. Pretty sweet deal.
Can't wait for the cupboard to open? In the meantime, try out the Original Girl Scout Cookie recipe--it makes a mean sugar cookie.
The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
43 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-4283
Tel: (212) 645-4000