It’s national donut day which means free donuts.
National Donut day on June 6th isn’t just a food holiday, it’s a patriotic holiday established by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines during World War I.
The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
Because doughnuts are made with three main simple ingredients, soldiers actually made them in the front-line trenches. They had the lard for melting and frying and the dough was made of flour and sugar. It was like having a little bit of home with them while they were in Europe.
Where can you find free donuts today?
Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a drink at and get a free doughnut. They will also launch a new flavor: “The Blueberry Cobbler Donut features a yeast shell donut with delicious blueberry filling, white dipping icing and coffee cake streusel topping.”
Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut of any kind. No purchase necessary.
Entenmann’s: Celebrate National Doughnut Day with Entenmann’s sweepstakes and the Salvation Army by entering on Facebook. You could win doughnuts for a year.
Old Town Donuts is giving two free donuts to any active U.S. military personnel with identification on National Doughnut Day on June 6.
Tim Hortons, a Canadian chain, has acclimated to our American customs, and will be offering a free donut with any purchase.
Shipley Do-Nuts: Get a free glazed “do-nut” and a small coffee from 5 a.m. until midnight at participating locations (limit one freebie per customer).
LaMar’s Donuts is giving away a free donut (any variety with a hole) — no purchase necessary.