Get help to buy food and milk (The Healthy Start scheme)

If you’re pregnant or have a child under 4, you can get help to buy healthy food and milk.
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What is Healthy Start?

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:

  • cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula milk
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses

You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.

More information & how to apply:  

Get help to buy food and milk

The Department of Health and Social Care has recently agreed to temporarily extend the Healthy Start scheme to British children (aged 0-4), whose parent/guardian meet the financial eligibility criteria and are excluded from claiming public funds as a consequence of their immigration status.

To qualify for the temporary extension you must meet all the following criteria:

  • you have a child, or more than one child, who is aged 0-4;
  • your families take-home pay is less than £408 per month; and
  • your immigration status includes the condition that you cannot access public funds

Potential applicants should contact Healthystartclaim@dhsc.gov.uk stating you believe you qualify and someone will reply to discuss the application process with you.

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