National Donut Day 2016

If you love donut, then paying your respect to Salvation Army is necessary. As history of Donut day depends on Salvation Army is evident.

When is This Day Celebrated?

Donut day is celebrated on every First Friday of June.

Why is This Day Celebrated?

Donut day is celebrated to honor the Salvation Army “Lassies” of First World War. Donut day is also the means of fund raising for the needy causes of Salvation Army.

When was the First National Donut Day Established?

The first National Doughnut Day was established on 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army in order to raise fund for needy causes of Great depression and to honor Salvation Army lassies during World War I.


First Donut day was served on 1917 in the month of August. The history of Donut day is revolved with a true story of few dedicated soldiers. During the First World War, Salvation Army “Lassies” went for the European front lines at that time, all the soldiers from the war rushed to the camp. They were completely tired, famished and wet thoroughly in continuous rain of 36 days. In order to end up the starvation of the soldiers, lassies prepared some home made donuts for them. Salvation army lassies also gave soldiers moral boost.

How Donuts were Prepared?

Making donuts at that situation was not that easy. They had to make some arrangements to fulfill hunger of weary soldiers. They prepared donuts by putting oil in to the bucket. Then they used dough with remainder flour and other integrant on hand. They even used wine bottles at the place of rolling pin of dough in order to flatten the surface. They took the idea of baked powder tin for using as a cutter end. Instantly, they also discovered suck tube of camphor-ice as the ingredient for making the hole. They took soldier’s steel helmets were the equipments to be used as a stove. At a time, seven doughnuts used to be made by lassies.

Doughboy of Doughnut

Infantryman of Americans used to be known as dough boy. During that period, only the Lassies were the civilians who were allowed to take entry inside the front lines. They were first one who used to be known as first donut girls.

How Donuts Served the Purpose?

At the first go, 100 donuts were made and those were absorbed immediately. But after that also, around 500 soldiers were on the queue waiting to taste the doughnuts. To serve the purpose, almost 9000 donuts were made at that time round the clock. Gradually, that tent turned into the 24 hour donut shop.

How did the Donut get Fame?

Then gradually Salvation Army lassies started making donuts in every front line. Even few pilot dropped some requisition of donuts for them during that war period. Gradually, taste of donut became famous in those days in America. Various bakeries even started preparing donuts in order to serve the purpose of civilian and Army people as well. Donut day became wartime favorite food. It is said wherever Army were seen donut also used to appear then and there. Donut got the popularity as the good work of Salvation Army Lassies. Again donut appeared during World War II, it became tradition for Army people. Donut day took birth from the year 1938, considering its popularity among soldiers of war.

Recipe of Donut Day Adopted by Salvation Army Lassies


  • 3/4 cup lard
  • 3 large cans evaporated milk
  • 18 cups flour
  • 8 eggs
  • 8 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 18 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7-1/2 cups sugar
  • 7-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large cans water

Procedure of Preparation

  • Make a cream of sugar and lard.
  • Beat egg in to it
  • Then add evaporated milk
  • Pour water to that creamy mixture
  • Then make a mixture of flour, nutmeg baking powder and salt in a large sieve
  • Then add this mixture with the previously prepared creamy blend.
  • Add more flour to make it tough dough.
  • Roll it properly and then cut it
  • Five pounds of lard is used to dry the doughnut
  • Above recipe can yield approximately 250 doughnuts.

Recent Facts

  • 3rd and 4th June of 2005 is declared as 67th Anniversary of salvation of Army Donut Day in Chicago.
  • In this, Salvation Army till today celebrates this day with various generous causes.
  • In recent years, around $350,000 was accumulated by Salvation Army workers only in two-day for street solicitation in order to help 35 major local programs.
  • In 1998, Salvation Army did a supportive act for more than 500,000 people in the Chicago area.


National Donut Day 2016