What is the Healthy Start Scheme? The Department of Health statutory scheme provides a nutritional safety net. The Healthy Start free vouchers are for pregnant women and young children in low-income families.
HEALTH START: Those who qualify can spend weekly free coupons on essential food products.
The free food list includes infant formula milk tokens for babies, fruit, and fresh vegetables.
The UK-wide Healthy Start voucher scheme helps pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding. Some claimants can also exchange the coupons at local shops for free vitamins.
Most families who claim benefits or tax credits will be eligible for Healthy Start tokens. Anyone under 18 and pregnant qualifies for the free vouchers.
The UK Welfare Food Scheme supports the country's public health policies. The Healthy Start Department of Health encourage women to eat a nutritional healthy diet. They are advocates for women to carry out natural breastfeeding.
Are you pregnant or do you have a child under 4 years old? The NHS Healthy Start scheme helps you buy the basic foods you need. You will get one or more vouchers every week while you qualify.
You can exchange the coupons in retail shops around the United Kingdom. More than 30,000 food stores take part in the Healthy Start scheme. In some cases you can swap the coupons for free vitamins which are suitable for:
Healthy Start vouchers are currently worth £3.10 per coupon. Those who qualify for the scheme can spend Healthy Start vouchers on:
Claimants who are pregnant or have a child between one and four years old get 1 voucher each.
Note: Mothers with have a child less than one year old get 2 vouchers a week. You may also qualify for free vitamin supplements.
You can check to see if you are eligible for Healthy Start vouchers on the NHS website. As a rule you qualify if either:
To qualify you must also be getting any of the following benefit entitlements:
Working Tax Credit Run-on
The Working Tax Credit run-on is a further payment for 4 weeks. It begins immediately after you stop qualifying for the full credit.
You should claim your vouchers by filling in the online Healthy Start application form. You will need to print it out and get your midwife or health visitor to sign it. In some cases you can have it signed by your registered doctor.
Send the completed form to the Healthy Start address. Application forms are also available from your 'health visitor' or midwife. You can also telephone the Healthy Start Helpline to get a milk tokens application form.
Healthy Start Issuing Unit
PO Box 1067
Healthy Start Vouchers Number Helpline
Telephone: 0345 607 6823
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Click to download the 'Healthy Start application form' from the National Health Service website.
Healthy Start Scheme Department of Health in the United Kingdom