Gobbling good food for a good cause.

That's how some Fairfielders started their observance of Thanksgiving, consuming stacks of pancakes and other breakfast fare Thursday morning at Chip's Family Restaurant, which donated the proceeds to Operation Hope to help replenish the agency's food pantry for the holiday season.

As he does every year at this time, Chip's owner George Chatzopoulus chooses a local charity to support and hosts a breakfast fundraiser event.

"We're grateful to Chip's for selecting us for this opportunity," said Carla Miklos, Operation Hope's executive director. "They have the option of choosing a different organization every year, so we were glad we made the cut."

Miklos was also grateful to the 16 area businesses that donated products and services that filled raffle baskets featured at the event. Patrons earned one raffle ticket for each pancake breakfast they purchased and could buy additional tickets for $1 each. The sponsor companies included Bigelow Tea, H-Salon and Dash `n Drizzle. There were also table sponsors, which included the Doocy and Igram Families.

"This is a time of year when we recognize how lucky we are, but not everyone is in the same situation," said Miklos. "Hunger in greater Fairfield is on the rise. From September to October this year, we went from providing 10,000 meals to 15,000 meals. Thanks to the support of the community, we were able to meet those needs."

In addition to a food pantry, Operation Hope manages a community kitchen, homeless shelters and transitional housing programs.

To make a donation to Operation Hope, visit the organization's headquarters at 636 Old Post Road or go to www.OperationHopeCt.org or call 203-292-5588.