In elementary school the free lunch tickets were not a stigma. No one really noticed that you got your lunch for free but in middle school everything changes, so I had to ditch the lunch tickets for good. Money was tight, so I did what many poor kids did. I sold gum, lollipops and other food contraband between classes.
It certainly paid better than my allowance and money for lunch was never an issue again. I continued selling candy in high school but the lure of bigger money from selling drugs was always there.