E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Loaves and Fishes.
With an eye to the loaves and fishes; for the sake of With a view to the material benefits to be derived. The crowd followed Jesus Christ, not for the spiritual doctrines which He taught, but for the loaves and fishes which He distributed amongst them.
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.John vi. 26.