ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 1, 2023) — National Donut Day has been celebrated for 85 years thanks to the country’s largest nongovernmental social service provider. Some people may not know that when they’re eating a donut on the first Friday of June each year, it’s more than simply a food holiday: it’s a recognition of selfless volunteers who serve people in need. The sweet day was established in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies,” who made history by serving thousands of soldiers on the front lines during World War I. Today, The Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers help serve people in need in almost every ZIP code in America.
In 1917, courageous volunteers from The Salvation Army traveled to France and set up small huts near the front lines of war, where they provided spiritual and emotional support and donuts to boost morale. The donut was a taste of home and a symbol of comfort to American soldiers. More than a hundred years later, the donut continues to symbolize the joy the organization provides to people in need.
“While The Salvation Army is known for helping 24 million people in the United States, we serve in 133 countries to help bring light to people during times of darkness, ”said Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army. “The iconic Donut Lassies represent how that help and hope can look a bit different but can provide service to those who need it the most.”
In celebration of this year’s National Donut Day on Friday, June 2, The Salvation Army is activating in locations across the country:
For more information about National Donut Day or to download the Donut Lassies’ original recipe, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
About The Salvation Army USA
The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 24 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at nearly 7,000 centers of operation around the country. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.