The first National Donut Day was celebrated in 1938 by The Salvation Army in Chicago.

Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
Today, we continue to celebrate their work by delivering donuts to those in need and to donut lovers across the country.


Delivering Donuts from Coast to Coast

On June 1, Salvation Army staff and volunteers will celebrate National Donut Day by delivering donuts and hosting fun activities across the country.
For an event in your backyard, please visit your local Salvation Army website.

Entenmann's Do Good Donut Parties

On National Donut Day, Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army will be hosting more than 40 “Do Good Donut Parties” – delivering donuts to more than 8,500 veterans from coast to coast. Click here to see a full list of Do Good Donut Parties by state.

National Donut Eating Contest

The Salvation Army of Los Angeles and BakeMark are hosting the second annual Donut Eating Championship. Major League Eating and its stable of eating superstars will bring the excitement of competitive eating to the iconic Hollywood landmark TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

One of the Largest Donut Day Celebrations in the U.S.

The Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association will co-host The Salvation Army’s Donut Day celebration on Fountain Square. Drawing more than 5,000 people to downtown Cincinnati, the event includes many local donut shops passing out free donuts, as well as local celebrities participating in donut-related revelry.

National Donut Day Scavenger Hunt

LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee is partnering with The Salvation Army for a scavenger hunt from May 28 through June 1. The scavenger hunt will take place in Phoenix, AZ; Denver and Fort Collins, CO; Wichita, KS; Kansas City, MO; and Lincoln and Omaha, NE.