Get hopping to IHOP for free food and help a charity, too

If you flip your stack over pancakes, IHOP's got a deal for you.

The International House of Pancakes is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes today to dish up awareness and donations for the Shriners Children's Hospital and other local charities.

The free pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants. In exchange for the free grub, guests are encouraged to make a donation to Shriners Children's Hospital or another local charity.

Last year, IHOP dished out 2.5 million free pancakes (enough to create a stack more than 20 miles high), raising nearly $1.5 million for children's charities. This year, it is aiming for $1.75 million.

To find a local IHOP or donate online, go to