What’s the connection between the Salvation Army and National Donut Day? Plus, where to get a free one today

Of all the national food days, National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day, if you’re following AP Style) is one of the oldest.

During WWI, the Salvation Army sent volunteers to France, where they would often serve doughnuts and coffee to soldiers. These women, called “donut lassies,” are often credited with helping popularize doughnuts with the soldiers, who returned to the United States and brought with them the demand. Contributed by the Salvation Army.

It dates back to 1938, when the day was established to to honor the Salvation Army volunteers who handed out doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Twenty years later, the Salvation Army designated June 1 as National Donut Day to raise awareness (and funds) for their cause. (That makes today the 80th anniversary of National Donut Day, if you really want to celebrate.)

You can read the full story about these “donut lassies” over on the Salvation Army page, but if you’re just looking for where to get a free doughnut today, the answer is Walmart.

Walmart is giving away more than a million free doughnuts today, and according to their representatives, all you have to do is walk into the store to get one.

From Krispy Kreme to Voodoo, Austin has plenty of doughnut shops. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

With the addition to Voodoo, Bougie and several other shops, Austin has become quite the doughnut town in the past few years, but it’s hard to beat the classic glazed doughnut at Round Rock doughnut.

You can also make them from scratch, of course. Might I suggest this recipe for biscuit doughnuts?

 


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