Healthy Start is a scheme run by the government. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old then you could be entitled to some vouchers to help pay for food which keeps you and your family healthy.
Do I qualify?
This is a means-tested scheme, and you will need to be signed off by your midwife or health visitor to receive the vouchers. To find out if you are entitled click here.
How much do I get?
Pregnant women and children over one and under four years receive one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.
What can I buy?
Vouchers can be spent on fresh or frozen plain fruit and vegetables (with no added ingredients) either whole or chopped, packaged or loose.
They can also buy plain cow’s milk (whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed), which can be pasteurised, sterilised, long life or UHT. In addition, you can use the vouchers to buy infant formula which is based on cow’s milk and says it can be used from birth.
Vouchers for free vitamins will be sent to you with your Healthy Start vouchers every eight weeks. To find out more and your local supplier click here.