January 24, 2014
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Jacksonville District Director Cheikh Mboup took a ceremonious whack at the old dental clinic before it was demolished to make way for a new one.​

Winn-Dixie’s support of The Apple Project, which provides free dental work for thousands of children and adults who cannot afford dental care in Duval County, Fla., gained even more ground as the facility began work toward a new building.

Winn-Dixie forged a partnership with Community Heath Foundation and First Coast News NBC 12/ABC 25 to support The Apple Project last fall. And on Jan. 22, organizers held a demolition ceremony to knock down the dental clinic’s current building. Jacksonville District Direct Cheikh Mboup joined the celebration, giving a ceremonious whack at the old building before it was torn down.

On Sept. 21, four participating Winn-Dixie stores – Nos. 174, 167, 123 and 80 – contributed fresh apples to solicit customer donations to The Apple Project in exchange for a fresh Winn-Dixie apple. Winn-Dixie customers rallied behind the project, donating more than $2,300. The Weaver Family Foundation matched those contributions dollar-for-dollar, raising nearly $4,700 for the new clinic.

“We were proud to be a part of today’s festivities to show Winn-Dixie’s continued support for The Apple Project,” said Mboup. “Our generous customers and associates rallied around the cause for new smiles and fresh starts for neighbors in need.”

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