National Donut Day


$30K Donation to The Salvation Army Raised by Facebook Sweeps Offering “Free Donuts for a Year”

For the fifth straight year, Entenmann’s Bakery is partnering with The Salvation Army to celebrate National Donut Day, Friday, June 5th. Join us for a fun-filled event on the Boston Common with ONE THOUSAND FREE donuts and coffee.

  • 7:00-10:00 am: Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army will join together to distribute one thousand free donuts to passing commuters. Coffee will also be available, served out of an Emergency Disaster Service canteen, which is typically used to respond to natural disasters or other crises to serve first responders and others in need.

To recognize the holiday, originally founded by The Salvation Army in 1938, Entenmann’s will be featuring a new Rich Frosted Sprinkled Patriotic Donut Eight Pack, and a National Donut Day Free Donuts for a Year” Facebook sweepstakes, all to commemorate the military men and women serving, and who have served our country. The donut is a symbol of The Salvation Army’s service to honor the “Donut Lassies” who gave out the round treats to soldiers during World War I. National Donut Day is held annually on the first Friday of June.

WHEN:  Friday, June 5, 7:00 am to 10:00 am: free donuts & coffee (while supplies last)

WHERE: Boston Common (near the Brewer Fountain)

National Donut Day Fun Facts

Salvation Army:

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.

National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.

With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Margaret Sheldon and Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.

Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 64,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.

Entenmann’s Bakery:

Entenmann’s has made more than 5 billion donuts – if you laid them end-to-end, you could wrap them around the earth almost 10 times!

The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.

Entenmann’s Donut Facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is the largest Donut Plant in the United States, producing more than 40 million boxes of yummy delight each year.

Believing that people were more inclined to buy what they can see, the Entenmann’s brothers, William, Robert and Charles, and mother, Martha, invented the familiar “see-through” cake box for baked goods in 1959.

In the early ’50s, Frank Sinatra used to call the Bay Shore bakery to place weekly orders from Entenmann’s.

About Entenmann’s Bakery 

Founded in 1898, Entenmann’s® Bakery has over 100 sweet baked goods, including crumb cakes, donuts, chocolate chip cookies, and multi-grain cereal bars. Entenmann’s products are baked by the Bimbo Bakeries USA companies (BBU). BBU is a leader in the baking industries known for its category leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality. Our team of more than 28,000 U.S. associates operates 75 manufacturing locations in the United States. 13,500 distribution routes deliver our leading brands such as Arnold®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann’s®, Francisco®, Freihofer’s®, Heiner’s ®, Marinela®, Mrs Baird’s®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas’®, and Tia Rosa®.

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