LEWISTON — Mayor Laurent Gilbert Sr. will kick off the Salvation Army’s celebration of National Doughnut Day at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Kennedy Park.

The Salvation Army canteen will be on site serving coffee and doughnuts and a Salvation Army brass ensemble will play festive selections.

Salvation Army “lassies” in period costumes will be on hand as well as representatives of the retired military. Doughnut Day was established in 1938 as a tribute to Army “lassies” who made and served doughnuts to thousands of soldiers during World War I, and it has become a local fundraiser for Salvation Army “Take A Bite Out of Hunger” programs such as those in Lewiston.

The Salvation Army Corps on Park Street has been providing assistance to families in the Lewiston-Auburn communities since 1888. Last year, they assisted 3,831 individuals. They operate a feeding program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

They serve almost 400 meals each week in an off site location because the building cannot accommodate the numbers and the kitchen needs repair. Financial donations are being accepted to support renovations of the building in order to operate the feeding program on site. Donations may be mailed to: The Salvation Army Feeding Program, P.O. Box 178, Lewiston, ME 04243-0178.

For further information, contact Lieutenant Jason Brake at 783-0801 or Patricia James at 774-6304, ext. 232.