A stack of pancakes could mean millions for sick children in Orlando.

On Tuesday, or National Pancake Day, 32 IHOPs across Orlando will be giving away free pancakes in hopes patrons will donate to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year, IHOP served up 6.6 million free pancakes, enough to make a stack 19 miles high, and raised $3.5 million for children's charities.

IHOP is aiming to hit the same goal this year, with every cent going toward UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and Arnold Palmer Medical Center. Since "pancakes with a purpose" started 11 years go, IHOP has raised $20 million.

“Every pancake we give away has a purpose on National Pancake Day. Through the generosity of our guests and the hard work and commitment of our franchisees and their team members, we will help fund life-saving treatment and care for children in need,” said Darren Rebelez, president of IHOP, in a release. “On behalf of everyone in the IHOP family, we are so grateful to our guests who have turned this into such an incredible event that truly makes a difference in the lives of these kids.”

Find an IHOP near you:

-11571 University Blvd., 407-306-0800, open 24 hours

-17 Alafaya Woods Blvd., 407-359-0888, open until 11 p.m.


Caroline Glenn is the Content Manager of the Central Florida Future. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn.

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