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Supporting our Neighborhoods


We value the neighborhoods in which we do business and as members of the community, we strive to improve them with our presence. We recognize our success depends not only on the skill sets and contributions of our team members and the relationships we foster with our franchisees, but also on the health and prosperity of the communities in which we do business. We have seen clear and tangible results through our efforts in supporting programs that care for children and improve education.

Together with our franchisees and their team members, we act to make a difference by giving back in the communities where we operate. In its purest form, it is one way we say "thank you."

Every year , we're involved with hundreds of fundraisers and events taking place across the country. Some of these include:

  • Alex's Lemonade Stand; since 2005, Applebee’s franchisees have raised nearly $8 million to help in the fight against childhood cancer.
  • National Pancake Day, an annual IHOP event which has raised $30 million to date in support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. National Pancake Day is also celebrated at IHOPs in Mexico, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico.
  • Veteran’s Day: Since 2008, more than 8.3 million free meals have been donated by Applebee’s to veteran and active military personnel in recognition and gratitude for their service. Participating IHOPs also offer free meals to active and military personnel on Veterans Day, and in Canada, which celebrates Remembrance Day on November 11th, Canadian active military personnel and veterans also receive free meals as a thank you.

We also seek to engage our team members in community-investment and development initiatives that serve the communities where we live and operate. An annual Philanthropic Day provides paid time off for our team members, giving them an opportunity to volunteer a full day to support a philanthropic effort of their choosing. In 2015, team members at our Restaurant Support Centers invested nearly 2,700 person hours of work in our neighborhoods with organizations like Habitat for Humanity.