Happy National Donut Day!

Every single year, we celebrate National Donut Day on the first Friday in June. But did you know the holiday means more than just getting donuts on your way to work?

National Donut Day officially started in 1938, but the tradition was founded years before during WWI. In 1917, the Salvation Army served baked goods, mended clothing, and provided stationary in designated Salvation Army huts to support US soldiers fighting in France. Most of these volunteers were women and got the nickname “Donut Dollies.” According to sources, these donuts became an “instant hit”, and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts.” One volunteer wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”

Years later, a military doctor named Morgan Pett visited a military base with eight dozen donuts to surprise soldiers and honor the “Donut Dolly” legacy. Consequently, the first National Donut Day was celebrated on June 7, 1938. The tradition persisted into the second World War, where the Red Cross oversaw distribution of the pastries. Today, National Donut Day still functions as a Salvation Army fundraiser in Chicago.

Here’s the part most people know–You can get free donuts this Friday if you find the right shops. But where should you go to cash in on these benefits? We’ll help you find your way to all the free fried dough in town.

-Perhaps the most iconic and ubiquitous donut joint, Krispy Kreme, allows you one free donut of your choice. No purchase necessary. There might be a long line, but won’t it be worth it?

-Dunkin’ Donuts will give you a free donut as long as your purchase a drink. But, hey, what’s better than coffee and donuts?

-Entenmann’s–You can win free donuts for an entire year if you enter their Facebook sweepstakes, among other prizes. Even cooler: For every person who enters, Entenmann’s will donate one dollar to the Salvation Army.

-North Lime Coffee and Donuts–This local Lexington favorite will serve $.50 donuts until they run out today, so go get as many as you can while supplies last! Quick coffee break, anyone?

How do Americans feel about donuts? Well, for starters, only 11% of us don’t eat donuts at all. For those who do, the most popular treats are cream-filled, closely followed by another perennial favorite: glazed.

Can’t get enough donuts? Well, you’re in luck because there are three other fried dough-centric holidays per year. In case you’re not done with donuts after today, International Jelly-Filled Donut Day is celebrated just days later on June 8. September 14 marks National Creme-Filled Donut Day. We suggest trying to get as many free donuts as possible today, but if you miss out; Buy a Donut Day falls on October 30.


  • Brad Link
    Posted at 14:04h, 05 June Reply

    Nice to know there is more to National Donut Day than just a way to sell more donuts! I think it’s great that some donut companies are using today as a way to continue giving back to other service organizations as well. And while I love that there were donuts waiting for us at work this morning, I would really love to see us do even more in the future – perhaps purchasing donuts and coffee, milk or juice and going and serving the items at a shelter or even to a local fire or police station, helping to really keep the spirit of this day focused on serving others.

  • Briana Blackburn
    Posted at 14:46h, 05 June Reply

    That is interesting! I’d never heard that before.

  • Amanda Cummons
    Posted at 15:45h, 05 June Reply

    Big shout out to the leadership team at CLS by providing donuts to all the employees this morning, just another reason why we are a “Best Places to Work” company.

  • Jennifer Shell
    Posted at 16:00h, 05 June Reply

    We enjoyed fresh donuts from a local bakery today. This is worth celebrating.

  • Holly Davis
    Posted at 16:04h, 05 June Reply

    Thanks so much CLS for Celebrating Nation Donut Day with your employees. It’s much appreciated!

  • Will Mason
    Posted at 17:41h, 05 June Reply

    Every day is national donut day,

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