On Tuesday, March 8, pancake lovers will flock to IHOP restaurants nationwide for the annual free stack of buttermilk pancakes. It’s time to celebrate National Pancake Day again!
For the 11th year in a row, IHOP restaurants will once again give away millions of free pancakes to people coming in between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Any of the guests is invited to participate in the charitable action by leaving behind a donation for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and other charities.
Various local charities have benefitted from the $20 million raised over the last ten years on National Pancake Day. for 2017, IHOP’s goal is to raise another $3.5 million, all of which be shared among the local communities where they are raised.
The donations will pay for research, life-saving equipment, educational tools, community outreach events, and more. But what exactly is the National Pancake Day?
Unlike other faux food holidays, which have the tendency to always fall on a particular date on the calendar – like National Donut Day, which is religiously held on the first Friday of June – the date of the National Pancake Day isn’t as precise.
The brainchild of IHOP, the celebration is generally announced in late winter. In 2013, it was held on Feb. 5, then March 4 in 2014, and March 3 in 2017. At the same time, different free-food events are held throughout the year, like International Pancake Day and Give Kids the World Pancake Day.
Just rolling off your tongue, the latter is a Perkins event, and it was last celebrated in the fall of 2015. Of course that free pancakes were present, combined with a fundraiser for a local kids’ charity.
This year, the celebration has been pushed even further down the lane, but nobody minds receiving a free short stack of pancakes, whatever the time of year. Any customer showing up in an IHOP restaurant is eligible for the promotion, as there is no coupon or purchase required.
But after you ask for your free pancakes, the restaurant hopes you will consider giving to any of the charities involved in the project.
Some have noticed that other food chains have joined in the fun – including Bob Evans, Denny’s, and Friendly’s – with their own special breakfast deals. These cover a larger period before, during, and after National Pancake Day, but they generally require the use of a coupon so get some info before you head down to their venues demanding your free food.
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