NSAW Fact of the Day: The Salvation Army’s Role in Doughnut History


Did You Know…?

The Salvation Army is often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States. After serving doughnuts – often cooked in battle helmets – to U.S. troops in the field during World War I, many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries. Doughnut consumption subsequently took off in the U.S. during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1938, The Salvation Army also created National Doughnut Day, observed the first Friday of June, to honor the female Salvation Army officers — or “doughnut lassies” — who served the troops during the War.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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