There are 5,000 plus the women and the children, an enormous crowd.
The common sense approach is to send them way to the nearby villages but Jesus says, "Give them something to eat yourself".
"You deal with it!"
So they present him with the 5 loaves and 2 small fish.
He takes them, says the blessing, breaks them and they distribute them, and the disciples, here, presumably it means the 12, because they collect a basket each from what is left over.
There were the Apostles, a fishermen like Peter, angry young men like James and John, the Son's of Thunder, others some better educated maybe some worst, Jesus says to them,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Left to their own resources they have nothing to offer, the task is too big for them. It is only by bringing All Things to Christ for him to take and bless and break that they have anything to offer. They do that and it appears that by end the end of the Apostolic Age there are a network of Churches around the Mediterranean.
Today we have the world to convert, the Church in our part of the world is contracting, the work of Christ is being unravelled, is it because we rely on our efforts rather than Christ? All he has given us is the Church and its Sacraments, by human standards they are less 5 loaves and 2 small fish, what is that amongst so many?
We have nothing, all we can do is to bring the little we have to him in prayer and in the Sacraments for him to take, bless and give back to us to distribute. If we rely on him the meagre is turned into abundance, the weak are made strong, the frightened given courage.
Whatever we need to do, even save our own soul, we have to acknowledge our poverty and bring it to Christ. This is why daily prayer, daily Mass if possible, frequent confession, coming into the presence of Blessed Sacrament is so important. Left to ourselves we have 5 loaves and 2 small fish, with him our basket are full.