It is mentioned in the Garga Samhita that one who distributes food in charity becomes free from the three kinds of debts and goes to the transcendental abode of Lord Vishnu. In the Varaha Purana, Srivaraha says, “One who gives food, gives all that is worth giving in this world”. Lord Krishna says in the Bhavishya Purana, “The world, both animate and inanimate, is sustained by food. The giver of food is the giver of life and indeed of everything else. Therefore one who is desirous of well-being in this world and beyond should make special endeavours to give food…”
Prasadam has the spiritual potency to gradually elevate our materially polluted consciousness towards God consciousness. Therefore prasadam distribution is an integral part of devotional service.