Stacks and Stacks of pancakes given away, thousands of happy customers, and millions of dollars donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2006, IHOP has allotted one day each year to give out a free short stack of pancakes to every customer served, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. So, three pancakes for free! The purpose of this promotional offer from the International House of Pancakes is to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. So far it has been a huge success. Last year four million pancakes were served and $2.1 million was raised. The goal for this year is $2.3 million. Since IHOP began doing their National Pancake Day in 2006 nearly $5.35 million has been given to charities, and around 10.1 million pancakes have been served.
A friend recently told me about this freebie, but I was skeptical. I figured there had to be a catch. Maybe the purchase of a drink would be required or a side of bacon — just something to ensure a little money came in. But no, it really was three free pancakes with no strings attached. Someone comes by and asks if you want to give to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but that is it. Everyone wins! The customer gets free pancakes, Children’s Miracle and other charities receive money, and IHOP gets a lot of great publicity! Pretty smart! So, when the 1st of March rolls around next year, remember IHOP and its National Pancake Day.