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The Associated Press

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BREVARD — A company in one of Europe's poorest countries is helping feed children in a poor North Carolina county.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports the Romanian company behind the Only Fruit Bar is giving $2,500 to a Transylvania County Schools program that provides children with weekend food supplies.

Only Fruit Bar is based in the region in Romania famously called Transylvania.

The donation comes as the Romanian company seeks expansion into the American market. Only Fruit Bar spokesman Steve Mangione says the company was looking for a way to reach U.S. children and an Internet search connected the two Transylvanias.

The North Carolina school district's "Back Pack Buddies Program" sends food home every Friday with more than 300 students who are considered to be in extreme need.

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