How do you like your pancakes? Free! Right answer, and that’s exactly what IHOP is serving up nationwide on National Pancake Day.
On March 8, IHOP restaurants nationwide will be giving away millions of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In return, IHOP will be asking customers to leave behind a voluntary donation for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospital for Children and other local charities.
Over the past 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for meaningful local charities. In 2015, IHOP restaurants served 6.6 million free pancakes – which would have created a stack nearly 19 miles high – and raised $3.5 million for children’s charities.
IHOP hopes to raise another $3.5 million during this year’s event. All donations collected remain remain in the local communities where they are raised.
National Pancake Day has also crossed borders and is celebrated in Mexico, Canada and the Philippines. 2016 will be the third year Canada will participate in the fundraiser by supporting Children’s Miracle Network. IHOP locations in Mexico will raise money for Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer (AMANC). Funds raised by IHOP restaurants in the Philippines will benefit The Kythe Foundation.