National Donut Day is a real thing! Arguably it’s one of the most worthwhile food holidays! and it actually has a reason for existing!
National Donut Day was created in 1938 to honor the “Donut Lassies” from World War I! The Donut Lassies were women who volunteered with the Salvation Army to help boost soldier morale. One of the ways they did this was by creating donuts from scratch with the meager supplies they had. The Lassies wanted to give the soldiers something that was homemade that wasn’t candy or cigarettes.
These women volunteered to join the front lines of the American Expeditionary Force in France. The obvious supplies they issued to them were; gas masks, helmets and .45 caliber revolvers.
In September of 1917 just a few miles from the front lines they were serving the traditional treats like fudge and hot chocolate when they came up with an idea to make home made donuts. Using shell casings for rolling pins and helmets to fry in they were well on their way to making donuts something that reminded the soldiers of home.
Last Friday June 2nd was “National Donut Day”! Yes there is such a thing, in fact there are two every year! This might be a cause for celebration!
The first Friday of every June is National Donut Day. This began in World War I by volunteers who wanted to deliver food to the soldiers on the front lines in France. More than 250 women were sent by the Salvation Army who would use the soldier’s steel helmets to fry the donuts. In 1938, the Salvation Army honored these “doughnut lassies” by recognizing an annual pastry holiday that could also raise awareness and funding for the Salvation Army’s charitable efforts.
The other National Donut Day is November 5th who’s origins can be found in the Ladies’ Home Journal from the 1930’s. If for some reason you happen to miss either of these days don’t worry too much because June 8th is National Jelly-Filled Donut Day, and National Cream-Filled Donut Day is September 14th! So mark those days on your calendar be prepared to celebrate your favorite donut!
In the meantime last Friday (June 2nd) Ashton, Hanna and Valorie volunteered for an impromptu photoshoot and to have a little fun celebrating National Donut Day, below are the images from that shoot!