GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing their "Summer of Smiles" celebration, IHOP® restaurants announced today that it has joined forces with No Kid Hungry to bring an end to childhood hunger. IHOP and No Kid Hungry share the philosophy that starting the day with breakfast, and a smile, is extremely important, and have targeted a goal of providing 2.5 million meals this year.
No Kid Hungry's mission is to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food. IHOP is joining that effort by offering guests the opportunity to donate directly to No Kid Hungry, August 24 through September 20. On August 25, participating IHOP restaurants will offer short stacks of their famous buttermilk pancakes for only $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dubbed "Share a Smile" Day, 50 cents from each $1 short stack sale will benefit No Kid Hungry.
"One in five American children struggle with hunger, which can have serious long-term effects on their development and success," said Darren Rebelez, President of International House of Pancakes, LLC. "We are so proud to partner with No Kid Hungry to bring smiles to children's faces as we fight to end childhood hunger."
IHOP's "Summer of Smiles" celebration is devoted to celebrating individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to making the communities they serve better. No Kid Hungry's initiatives to feed children will benefit not only from the $1 short stack program on August 25, but also a month-long online and social media campaign, as well as a donation line on all IHOP receipts.
The IHOP-No Kid Hungry promotion will continue into September, helping kick off No Kid Hungry Month and the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program where brands nationwide help raise funds to end childhood hunger.
"The simple act of feeding kids a healthy breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health and economic futures," said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, the national nonprofit that runs the No Kid Hungry campaign. "A leader in breakfast, IHOP is an ideal partner to help us raise awareness and end childhood hunger, and by Sharing a Smile IHOP guests and the brand will kick off Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in a rewarding and exciting way."
To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger or to donate, please visit www.ihop.com, or visit nokidhungry.org.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES, LLC
For over 57 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-to-order breakfast options as well as meals under 600 calories. Beyond offering "everything you love about breakfast," IHOP® restaurants have a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of March 31, 2015, there were 1,650 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc.
ABOUT NO KID HUNGRY
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
SOURCE International House of Pancakes, LLC