Freeman News

IHOP® Serves Free Pancakes to Help Local Children

February 24, 2022

National Event Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

What:    IHOP National Pancake Day® to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

When:    7:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Where:     IHOP, 2117 S. Range Line Road, Joplin, Mo.

Background:    National Pancake Day® returns to IHOP restaurants throughout the country on March 1, 2022. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the one-day event that is designed to put purpose behind IHOP’S pancakes by helping change kids’ health by funding critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services. Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, IHOP will once again serve free pancakes to raise millions of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

Participating restaurants, including the Joplin location, will offer guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests are asked to make a difference by leaving a donation of any size in support of our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMN) at Freeman Health System, the only CMN hospital in a 70-mile radius of Joplin. Every dollar raised stays local and supports kids directly in our community. 

 During IHOP National Pancake Day, the restaurant chain expects to serve more than five million pancakes in a single day. Since launching in 2006, the event has raised nearly $30 million nationally. 

 IHOP guests can also purchase CMN wall tags for a one-dollar donation. National Pancake Day 2022 marks the end of a first-ever Month of Giving in February, during which IHOP raised funds by encouraging restaurant guests to round up to the nearest dollar on their final check (with change going to the charity), through purchasing wall tags, or by adding a donation while ordering online via 
 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helps furnish and maintain Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, provides funding for local community organizations’ pediatric needs and provides pediatric emergency equipment for area agencies.

Media:    CMN representatives and IHOP management will be available for interview from 8:30 am – 9:30 am at IHOP the day of event. Please call Lisa Olliges, Media Specialist, 417.434.3458, to schedule.