It’s so common it’s become a movie trope, but nearly everyone has a not-so-fond memory of walking into a school cafeteria with a lunch tray and having no one to sit with. One high school student in Boca Raton, Florida is trying to eliminate the awkwardness of sitting alone with a new initiative that ensures every student has a lunchtime buddy (or two or three).
Denis Estimon, a student at Boca Raton Community High School, started We Dine Together because he remembers struggling to make friends during his own awkward days as a Haitian immigrant new to Florida, according to the Good News Network. The We Dine Together club members spend their lunch periods walking around and seeking out loner kids who might be in need of cafeteria companions.
“It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself,” Estimon told CBS. “And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through.”
Estimon and his friends are trying to expand their club to other schools around the country. It’s similar to the “No One Eats Alone” initiative that 1,400 schools nationwide participated in last week, although No One Eats Alone is only a one-day initiative, whereas Estimon’s peer-to-peer outreach program is year-round.