Do gooders of the world with a taste for pancakes, today is your lucky day; on this National Pancake Day, IHOP hopes to raise $3.5 million in donations in exchange for otherwise free short stacks at locations across the United States Tuesday.
The International House of Pancakes conceived of National Pancake Day in 2006, when, on March 8 every year, diners get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at locations throughout the U.S. between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. IHOP asks guests enjoying a free stack to consider leaving a donation in exchange, which goes to charities like the Children’s Medical Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children and other local groups, reports NBC News.
Last year IHOP served 6.6 million free pancakes—which, IHOP says, would if stacked one on top of the next reach 19 miles high—and raised $3.5 million for charity, a figure it hopes to repeat this year. Since 2006, with National Pancake Day IHOP has raised roughly $20 million for charity.
Pancakes for breakfast anyone?