I'm not questioning the multiplication of the loaves and fish. My question is the physical breaking and passing out of the food. Twelves guys passing out 5000 (10,000 counting women and kids?) would take a very long time. Imagine 5000 people in a cafeteria line. Since no line-up is mentioned, do we assume the disciples carried the provisions to each person individually?
In any case, the amount of time this would require would have been great. Leaving little time for the sermons, etc.