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At IHOP you can 'come hungry, leave happy' helping others on National Pancake Day

IHOP national pancake dayGet ready to chow down at the annual National Pancake Day sponsored by IHOP with free short stacks given away free to guests in the hope that they will, in turn, help others.

With a goal of raising millions of dollars in its annual free pancake giveaway this year, IHOP hopes their free offer will prompt customers to give generously to the Children's Miracle Network and other local charities.

Now in it's 13th year, IHOP began holding the fundraiser in observance of what is variously known as Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday.

Fat Tuesday 2019 falls on March 5 this year, but in recent years IHop National Pancake Day has become a moveable feast with dates that change each year.

This year, National Pancake Day happens on March 12, 2019 -- when a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes will be offered to each guest in celebration.

Through the centuries, the Tuesday before Lent marked the beginning of fasting before Easter, when milk and egg products were forbidden. To use up all the ingredients, household cooks traditionally made heaping stacks of pancakes! IHOP continues that tradition today, with a focus on charitable giving during the Lenten season.

So also watch for events and activities leading up to the celebration, with additional opportunities to support Children’s Miracle Network and other national charities throughout the month.

Traditionally, more than four million free flapjacks are served on National Pancake Day and more than $3 million raised for charity. In 2019, visitors are expected to top that record at IHOP's nationwide to help the cause of supporting those less fortunate than themselves.

So sit right down and help yourself to a stack of buttermilk pancakes while you also help make a huge diffference in someone else's life.

See you there!

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