National Donut Day originated by the Salvation Army in 1938. A means to recognize all of their members that served donuts to soldiers during World War One. The Salvation Army served more than donuts to soldiers. According to Wikipedia, volunteers established huts near the front lines in France to serve baked goods to U. S. troops.
National Donut Day began as a fundraising event for the Salvation Army, and remains a source of income to this day.
In honor of National Donut Day, here at the Sherburne History Center we publish this photo of Bake Anderson and his Bakery in Elk River. From a different time than the World War One volunteers; Bake Anderson provide culinary delights to a generation of Elk River.