IHOP offers Free Pancake Day to celebrate a tradition that started almost a decade ago. It’s actually called National Pancake Day when customers can visit the nearest IHOP from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to get a free short stack, according to USA Today. No purchase or coupon is necessary.
Restaurants are giving away the free buttermilk pancakes to encourage donations to the nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network, which directly benefits children’s hospitals across the country.
The IHOP free pancake day is also good for donations. Consider making a $5 donation and the restaurant will give you a free $5-off coupon good on your next meal. You can’t beat that deal.
The best part is donations stay right in your local area, helping critically ill children get the treatment they need. The restaurant chain has raised nearly $16 million since it began giving away the buttermilk freebies nine years ago. It hopes to raise $3.5 million this year for charities.
“On March 3, 2015, guests from around the country will celebrate a ‘Decade of Giving’ with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.
Free Is Good For Business
IHOP free pancake day has been great for business, according to The Christian Science Monitor. The company’s U.S. same-store sales were up 3.9% for 2014 year-over-year, the chain’s best performance in 11 years. CEO Martha Smith says that campaign has a proven to be a success with steady growth each year.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with IHOP again this year for National Pancake Day … This initiative has a proven track record of success in raising contributions for and awareness about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals like our own. The pairing of free pancakes with philanthropy is extremely popular and effective, year in and year out.”
Pancake Day Origins
So, where did Pancake Day get its origins? It’s a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products. So many pancakes, so little time.
IHOP free pancake day has a milestone to reach. The chain plans to serve more than 4 million pancakes on Tuesday, which would make a stack almost 12 miles high, notes CNN Money. Go have a great breakfast because it’s for a good cause.