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What happens to unsold Girl Scout cookies at the end of the season?

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Every year, Girl Scouts across the country rally their troops and set out to see who can sell the most of their iconic cookies.

Typically, the Girl Scout cookie season begins in January and lasts until mid-April. To ensure freshness, Girl Scouts “only sell cookies produced for the current season.”

So, what happens to all the leftover cookies that don’t get sold?

If a council or troop has extra cookies at the end of the sale, they’ll work with local food pantries and other charitable organizations to distribute the cookies “as a special treat for people seeking food relief services.”

According to the Girl Scouts website, the organization works with its licensed bakers to make sure an annual plan is in place for “responsibly managing leftover cookie inventory.”

Girl Scout cookies will continue being sold online and in-person through April 14. You can find a Girl Scout cookie booth near you or order online.

The price of a box may not be the same everywhere you find one. Prices this season are between $5 and $7 depending on the type and location, but when they first went on sale in 1917, they were about 25 cents each.

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