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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A year ago, neighbors in the Argentine area called their homes part of a food desert. Now, they're celebrating having not one, but two new grocery stores. For the holiday season, neighbors are buying food gift bags from one of the stores to help needy families.

Many people in Argentine now say they can walk to the grocery store. And there aren't many neighborhoods where that happens anymore.

To celebrate, the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association is launching a holiday gift bag program. Shoppers at the Save-A-Lot can purchase a bag of food for $6.49. There's corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing and other holiday foods that will go to a needy family in Argentine. Neighbors say they feel good about being able to help each other now that they have their own store.

"It's great, it makes a big difference," said Kathy Bhaduri, a shopper. "Before I was going to Sunfresh and, you know, they are little bit higher, and we're on a budget. But it was either that or go to Dollar General or Family Dollar to get your necessities."

The neighborhood group Monday purchased $200 worth of gift bags to kick start the campaign. Volunteers will deliver them to poor families on December 20. Neighbors say this store in combination with the Walmart grocery next door is drawing more traffic to the area, and that's expected to lead to even more development.

The Unified Government has helped put in new sidewalks to make Argentine more walkable. And thanks to the stores, a new bus line now connects Argentine to Rosedale.

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