Whether the economy is good or bad, free food is always a good thing. Free IHOP pancakes are even better. You read right, free pancakes from IHOP and I've got all the details for you.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 is National Pancake Day and to celebrate the day IHOP is giving away free pancakes. All they ask in return is for their customers to leave a little 'something extra'. That 'something extra' will benefit Shriners Hospitals and other charities. The pancake chain hopes to raise $3 million nationwide.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Shriners Hospitals or other local charities.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Shriners Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Shriners Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Shriners Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

For more information on National Pancake Day, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

Click here to find the IHOP nearest you.

IHOP in Abilene is located at 3750 South Clack. Their phone number is 325-695-2432.

So, get your belly ready for free pancakes, but don't be a scrooge...leave a little for the kids.

More From KEAN 105