STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Regents governing Oklahoma State University have approved a plan for the school to donate perishable food products to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Under the plan approved Friday, products from the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center will not have to be disposed of through sealed bid or public auction. Instead, OSU can simply donate the surplus directly to the nonprofit food bank.

OSU President Burns Hargis says the setup will allow the FAPC to use of the perishable food surplus while meeting a statewide need.

Rodney Bivens, the food bank's executive director, says the OSU plan will help Oklahomans who are struggling to put food on the table. He says the recession has led to a significant increase in demand at the food bank.

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