With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk, and you can also get free vitamins.
If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods.
This important means-tested scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers.
Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week.
Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.
The vouchers can be spent on:
- plain cow’s milk – whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed. It can be pasteurised, sterilised, long life or UHT
- plain fresh or frozen fruit and veg (fruit and vegetables with no added ingredients), whole or chopped, packaged or loose
- infant formula milk that says it can be used from birth and is based on cow’s milk.
Healthy Start vitamins
Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins.
Healthy Start vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.
Your midwife or health visitor will be able to tell you where you can swap your coupon for vitamins in your area.
Applying for Healthy Start is easy.
If you already have an application leaflet just fill out the form inside, ask your midwife or health visitor to sign it and send it to us using the freepost online. We use information from your tax credits and benefits claims to check you qualify so make sure all your details (including your address) are up to date with Tax Credits and JobCentre Plus as this will help us to process your application more quickly.
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