It's that time of year when many people are spending their money and time to help those in need during the holidays, and one local food pantry is asking for your help.

The St. Martin Center said they don't have enough volunteers in its food pantry to fill the need, which has more than doubled in recent months.

The organization said the increase in people using its food pantry started shortly after the Erie City Mission closed its own.

"We're always in need of volunteers but now with the significant increase in the numbers from those that went to the City Mission and are now coming here, we are short staffed," St. Martin Center Chief Operating Officer Stacey Hellman said.  

Hellman said it needs volunteers to help pack the food boxes and distribute it to people in need.

People like Kenneth and Alice Daub, who've been volunteering the past three years.

"It's just the right thing to do," Kenneth said.

The St. Martin Center is looking for volunteers to fill the morning shifts during the weekday, which are typically three hours long.

If interested in volunteering you can contact Hellmann at (814) 452-6113 x208