Payment of Zakat ul Fitr is wajib on those who can afford to pay and is paid to those who are counted in the category of needy and poor.
Zakat ul Fitr should be paid in the month of Ramadan by the head of the family on behalf of all dependent family members. If there are 8 members in the family, then the prescribed per person dollar amount has to be paid for all 8 members (ex. if the amount to be paid per person is $10, then the family will need to pay $80). The per person amount will be announced each year accordingly.
It is important that Zakat ul Fitr reach the poor and needy in our area before Eid.
Islamic Center distributes most of its collected Zakat ul Fitr to poor and needy in the Rochester area. The objectives of why Zakat ul Fitr is distributed in the month of Ramadan is so that the poor and needy of the area can celebrate Eid along with others in peace and happiness.