You don’t need an excuse to enjoy pancakes, but, like most things, they’re even better when they’re free. On Tuesday, March 1st, IHOP is hosting their annual National Pancake Day Celebration, where the popular chain gives out a free short stack of their classic buttermilk pancakes (3 pancakes) to every customer who comes in between 7am and 10pm. The chain does this as a fundraiser for the Childen’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises money for children’s hospitals all across the US, and asks guests to think about leaving a donation (small or large) to the charity while they’re enjoying their pancakes. IHOP has been running this promotion since 2006 and has raised more than $5.35 million dollars for charity, and hopes to add at least another $2 million to that total this year.
This year, National Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) is actually on March 8th, but IHOP is starting the celebration a little early to draw extra attention to their program. If you can’t make it out to get your free pancakes, you can still either give to the Childen’s Miracle Network Hospitals through IHOP or to them (or another charity, of course) on your own, but when they’re hot off the griddle, IHOP has some excellent buttermilk pancakes and you can’t beat the combination of eating pancakes and supporting a good cause any day of the year.