How to Apply for Free Baby Milk Tokens?
The UK-wide Healthy Start voucher scheme helps pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding.
If you qualify, you get free coupons every week to spend on essential food products and vitamin packs.
The free food list includes infant formula milk tokens for babies, tinned fruit, pulses, and fresh vegetables.
Note: Some claimants can exchange coupons for free vitamins at local shops. You might also get a discounted price at the pharmacy.
Most families who are claiming social security benefits or tax credits will be eligible for Healthy Start tokens. Also, anyone under the age of eighteen (18) and pregnant will qualify for free baby milk vouchers.
When are Milk Tokens Due 2022?
Are you pregnant or do you have one or more children under the age of four (4)? If so, you will get one or more vouchers for each week that you qualify.
The NHS Healthy Start scheme helps you buy the basic foods you need. Furthermore, you can also exchange the coupons in many retail shops around the United Kingdom.
Healthy Start Voucher Expiry Dates
The NHS has ‘temporarily’ extended the validity of the vouchers by four (4) weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, all registered retailers will honour the twelve (12) week entitlement.
We understand that more than 30,000 food stores are taking part in the Healthy Start scheme. In some cases, you will be able to swap the coupons for free vitamins, most suitable for:
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding an infant.
- Children from six (6) months old up to the age of five (5).
Important: There is a time limit of six months from the date of your letter to get backdated vouchers. So, you should contact the helpline without delay if your payments are overdue.
How Much are Healthy Start Vouchers Worth?
Healthy Start vouchers for babies are currently worth £4.25 per coupon. Everyone who qualifies will be able to spend them on:
- Plain cow’s milk (whole, semi-skimmed, or skimmed).
- Infant formula milk based on cow’s milk (used from birth).
- Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables (whole or chopped).
- Plain frozen fruit and vegetables.
Note: Claimants who are pregnant, or have a child between one and four years old, will get one (1) voucher per week. Mothers with a child less than one year old will get two (2) vouchers a week (worth £8.50). You may also qualify for free vitamin supplements.
Healthy Start Eligibility Criteria
You can check to see if you are eligible for Healthy Start vouchers on the NHS website. As a rule, you will qualify if (either):
- You are at least ten (10) weeks into your pregnancy term.
- You have at least one child who is under four (4) years old.
Also, to qualify you must already be getting any of the following benefit entitlements:
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit (providing the annual income of your family does not go over £16,190)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Pension Credit
- Your family is earning no more than £408 per month (after tax)
- Working Tax Credit (providing your family gets the 4 week ‘run-on’ payment)
Being pregnant and under 18 means you would also be eligible for the Healthy Start scheme even if you do not get any welfare benefits.
Working Tax Credit Run-on
The Working Tax Credit run-on is a further payment for four (4) weeks. It begins immediately after you stop qualifying for the full credit.
How to Claim Healthy Start Vouchers
You can claim your vouchers by filling in the online Healthy Start application form on screen. Print it out and then get your midwife or health visitor to sign it (or a registered doctor or nurse).
Healthy Start Vouchers Address: Apply for Milk Tokens
Send the completed form to the Healthy Start address. Milk token application forms are also available from your ‘health visitor’ or midwife.
You can also call the Healthy Start helpline to get the milk token vouchers application form.
Healthy Start Issuing Unit
PO Box 1067
Application Form for Healthy Start Vouchers
Note: Click to download the ‘milk token application form‘ available on the National Health Service (NHS) website.
RELATED HELP GUIDES
- Financial help for parents with children
- How to claim Child Benefit
- How to claim Maternity Allowance
- Sure Start Maternity Grant £500
- Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods (Scotland)
Note: The short video [3:21 seconds] explains the importance of giving vitamin supplements (A, C, and D) to babies and small children.