IHOP® Serves Free Pancakes to Help Local Children

National Event Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

(Joplin, MO) – 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 ihop.com.

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.

About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.


Lisa Olliges, Marketing & Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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