But He said to them,
“You give them something to eat!”
...He blessed (the loaves), and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people. (Lk 9:10–16).
When Jesus asked His disciples, "Where are we to get bread that these might eat?" it underscored their complete lack of supply for the needs in front of them.
If Jesus had not been there, the disciples' solution to the massive needs facing them would have been the logistically sensible solution: "Send them away!"
Each disciple had nothing to give apart from what Jesus put in their basket, and each disciple had the same full provision from Jesus to take to their group of waiting, hungry people.