First Lubbock's Pancake Festival is canceled, and now there's no Free Pancake Day at IHOP. Why do pancakes, and the people who love them, have to suffer so much lately?

In years past, both events raised money for very worthy causes. The Pancake Festival raised money for our Lubbock's Lions Club, which uses those funds for a diverse array of programs like providing eyeglasses to the needy and supporting scout troupes. IHOP's Free Pancake Day also raised funds for charities local to the IHOP from whence the funds were raised. If I'm remembering correctly, the last Free Pancake Day went to Children's Miracle Network, which purchases equipment for children's hospitals.

IHOP released the news via social media and on their website:

For more than 15 years, IHOP has celebrated National Pancake Day®, a one-day, in-restaurant event where guests can enjoy a free Short Stack* of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes, while also supporting the brand’s national and local charity partners. Despite an unwavering love of pancaking together under IHOP’s iconic blue roof, the safety of guests and team members remains IHOP’s top priority.

However, IHOP is offering an IOU to their customers:

With that in mind, IHOP today announced the brand is cancelling its annual one-day celebration – and flipping it into a month-long event, issuing an IOU for a free Short Stack to be redeemed throughout the month of April.

Of course, it's a little more complicated than that. You do need to register to the MyHOP email list before March 3rd, 2021, which will get the customer a coupon good for a free short stack of pancakes.

I miss pancakes, but more than that, I miss being a community sharing some buttery goodness for a good cause.

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