LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local group has been assisting people in need for 30 years, but they're at capacity. 
At least 300 families pick up groceries at Eastern Area Community Ministry. The non-profit organization provides food and financial assistance to people in need.

"We unfortunately have been working at maximum capacity for a couple years, with the 300 families that we're serving -- that's as many families as we can serve," said executive director Carrie Gerard.

Gerard has been forced to turn people away, telling them to try again in a few weeks, even months. So they asked themselves, how can we serve more families?

"One way to do that is really look at some of the families that have been working with us for a long time, since they're coming back for multiple services maybe we can find a way to help them move beyond our service which would make space for new families to come in," said Gerard.

Eastern Area Community Ministry is launching the helping hands partnership. It's not just about the food anymore, it adds emotional support. Volunteers will get more involved with families, providing guidance to help them succeed.

Eastern Area Community Ministries are looking for volunteer mentors to work with the family.

There is an application process, you can call them to get more information: 502-426-2824.

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