Girl Scout Campaigns for Gluten-Free Cookies

June 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm 1 comment

Growing up as a Girl Scout, I loved their cookies. The market for Girl Scout cookies has grown, and now a 7-year-old New Yorker is bringing attention to a very specific target audience.

Elle Malinow and her mother, Stacy, have started an online petition for gluten-free Girl Scout cookies. Elle has celiac disease, which means she’s never been able to eat the cookies she sells each year.  The mother and daughter’s goal is to get 100,000 signatures to drive support for a gluten-free Girl Scout cookie Elle and other children with celiac disease can enjoy. So far, the petition has gathered more than 6,000 signatures.

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The Girl Scouts of America said it conducted extensive market research on the issue and concluded that there simply isn’t enough demand to justify the extra cost of producing gluten-free cookies. Elle stated, “”I feel sad because a lot of the Brownies, they get to eat them, but I can’t.”

Let’s hope The Girl Scouts of America will consider Elle’s petition and reward her for her hard work.


Elle’s petition has gained attention in mainstream news. Watch a video segment here:

Do you think there’s enough demand to warrant a gluten-free Girl Scout cookie?

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  • 1. Vicki Welch Owens  |  June 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I signed the petetion. Thier statement that there’s not enough intrest hurts my feelings. Me, my daughter, and niece would all love to be able to eat a girl scout cookie again. But we can’t. And I won’t buy Girlscout cookies for my husband and son and make my daughter sit and watch them eat them while she has nothing. So everybody does without. And the girls scouts don’t get my support that I would love to give them. I support Elle and I wish her the best of luck!!


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