National Donut Day is celebrated in the United States on the first Friday of June each year.
The holiday was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor members who had served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
Shortly after the United States entered World War I, the Salvation Army embarked on a fact finding mission to France. The mission discovered that the servicemen’s needs could be met by canteens and social centers which were also called huts. The huts would serve baked goods, provide stamps and writing supplies, and a clothes mending service. Huts were staffed with six members, usually four of whom were female to mother the boys. The Salvation Army established the huts near army training centers.
Margaret Sheldon and Helen Purviance came up with the idea of providing donuts to the soldiers. This solved the problem of how to get fresh baked goods from the huts to the front lines. The donuts were a huge hit! The women who made the donuts and served them to soldiers became known as Donut Girls.
2016 marks the 78th Annual Donut Day celebration. To learn more about National Donut Day, please click on the enclosed link to the Salvation Army website.