Food For The Poor Annual Building Trip

Trip History

When their children were in their early teens, Chris Davitt and Craig Ruppert took several of their kids on their first trip to build homes in Jamaica with Food For The Poor (FFTP). When they returned, friends and family were excited to learn about their experiences and expressed an interest in taking their son/daughter in the future—and the concept of this yearly building trip was born. This marks the 21st year that they’ve been organizing homebuilding trips with FFTP, connecting the advantaged and the disadvantaged to not only work alongside one another but to get to know one another and bridge the gap between “them” and “us.” Since these trips began, we’ve built nearly 200 homes, six schools, two water projects, a fishing village and have rehabbed a home for the elderly. These projects have directly impacted hundreds of lives in a significant way and have impacted thousands more lives by creating positive exchanges between people from very different worlds.

Learn About the Trip


Trip attendees range from individuals and friends to couples and families—basically anyone who wants an opportunity to give back. It offers a unique opportunity for parents and their teenage children to learn and grow together—taking them out of their comfort zone, broadening their view of the world and ultimately bringing them closer together through shared experience. The annual building trip consists of about 50 attendees plus FFTP organizers and local volunteers.

Trip Details

DATE: President’s Day weekend (February 14th-17th, 2020)
COST: $1700 (includes flights, food, and lodging)

Register to Attend

To register for the 2020 building trip, please fill out this form.

For questions related to the trip, please contact Lisa Horton at

Pay Deposit

Please select the number of people in your group from the drop-down menu and click the button to register and make a 50% deposit to reserve your spot(s).

DEPOSIT for FFTP Building Trip

Pay Balance

If you have already registered and need to pay the remaining balance for the trip cost, please click below. The remaining balance will be due 30 days prior to the trip (January 15th, 2019).

BALANCE for FFTP Building Trip


If you cannot attend the trip but would like to donate, we would appreciate any contribution you would be willing to make. Your donation will be funding the home-building efforts in Jamaica. The houses will be built on a cement foundation with wood walls and a galvanized sheet roof so families can feel safe in all types of weather. Each house will be equipped with water, sanitation and solar-powered lights.

About Food For The Poor

Food For The Poor (FFTP) is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States, primarily serving  17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects, and education opportunities, they hope to give the poor a chance at a better future. To learn more about FFTP, visit

Trip/Cancellation Policies

  • A deposit is required to reserve space on the annual building trip. After January 15th, 2019, all deposits are non-refundable and airline tickets are non-transferrable once purchased.
  • If you cancel your trip after airfare has been booked, you will be responsible for the airlines’rescheduling fees: $150-$200, plus the difference between the original and new fare.
  • Food For The Poor, on behalf of the Davitt/Ruppert homebuilding trip, will refund deposits if there is an unforeseen over-enrollment of trip participants or if inclement weather or other circumstances make the trip non-viable. If the trip is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to a future trip.
  • Each individual is required to have medical insurance that includes international coverage. FFTP recommends that you consider purchasing travel insurance.