In general, food distribution consists of a variety of businesses, organizations and programs that collect food from producers, store it in warehouses, and then distribute the food to producers, grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, programs for government aid, and more.

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Food service delivery is a branch of the more general network for food distribution. The food service distribution network promotes the supply of food to food service operators such as grocery stores, cooks, food and beverage managers, hospitals, cafeterias, restaurants, nursing homes and more from producers, processors and manufacturers. Food distributors also buy directly from the producer and often sell directly to the operator of the food service.

Items that assist with food consumption, such as dishes, cups, utensils and napkins, can also be part of the distribution of food.

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