Charity, it's rules and regulations in Islaam.
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa Richardson
It's known that disbursing Zaakat at-Fitr in form of money is impermissible and the fataawa of Ahlul Ilm in this case are many. But is it permissible if I give money to some person and that person buys food for the poor and gives it as Zakat al-fitr on my behalf?
By Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen
A discussion abouty the correct way in which the zakaat (obligatory charity) is to be given. He also establishes the prohibition of paying this zakaat in monetary funds, rather than food.
Answered by Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn 'Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)
[Q]: What is the ruling on using zakaah monies to finish builidng a masjid that is almost completed, and its construction may be halted (due to lack of funding)?
By Imaam Muhammad Saalih Ibnul-'Uthaymeen
[Q]: How should one pay zakah on the debts which others owe him?