Student or Learner
In the sentence below, is "with" necessary, or optional?
Can you provide us with some food?
I remember seeing similar sentences without "with", but I'm not sure it is widely acceptable or allowed just in speech.
I think that "provide" should be used with "with" or sometimes "for".
"Can you provide us some food?" sounds unusual but it does not terrible.
Sometimes you may see "provide" without a preposition but this is usually only in the cases where the direct object is understood.
"The company provides food products" which implies "The company provides the market with food products".