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According to Salvation Army history, “the provision of donuts (or doughnuts) dates back to 1917, when around 250 volunteer Salvationists provided assistance to American troops fighting on the frontlines in France during the First World War.

“As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up – in helmets! – delicious doughnuts.

“These women, earning the nicknames 'Doughnut Lassies' and 'Doughnut Girls', served countless treats to grateful soldiers, moving through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.

“The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago to honour Salvation Army 'Doughnut Lassies'. The celebrations were also used to raise funds and bring awareness of the Army’s social service programmes during the Great Depression.”

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Source: 2007 & 2012 Economic Census.

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Note: The Census Bureau will release data from the 2017 Economic Census beginning in September 2019 and continuing through 2021. Specifically, according to this schedule dated May 26, 2020, sector 72 “Accommodation and Food Services: Summary Statistics for United States: 2017” stats should be released within the next 30 days. Once the 2017 stats are released, this infographic will be updated.

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Source: North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), United States, 2017.

pdf   2017 NAICS Manual   [7.5 MB]
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Note: The image above is from page 739 of the 2017 NAICS Manual. Click on the image to see the full manual. The 2007 NAICS code for doughnut shops was 7222133.

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