Why Friday Is National Donut Day

Happy National Donut Day!

Did you know that donuts trace their history to the far-away battlefields of World War One?

National Donut Day goes back to some tough times, and it started with the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938, as it helped people affected by The Depression.

Ron Busroe of the Salvation Army says the organization chose donuts to help raise funds during The Great Depression because of their role in boosting troop morale during World War One.

With rations of flour, lard and sugar - young volunteers served simple donuts to war-weary soldiers working close to the battlefields and, in many cases, improvising.

"When they didn't have anything else they would actually take one of the soldiers' helmets and they could cook maybe six donuts at a time in one of these helmets," says Busroe.

National Donut Day is always celebrated on the first Friday of June.