Get help to buy food and milk

Are you pregnant or a parent/carer of children under 4 years old? You may be eligible for the Healthy Start scheme, which provides access to free fruit, vegetables, pulses, milk and vitamins.

The scheme currently entitles beneficiaries to the following to spend on Healthy Start items:

  • £4.25 each week of your pregnancy from the 10th week
  • £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
  • £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old

From April 2022, Healthy Start vouchers will be scrapped in favour of a pre-paid debit card. Instead of receiving paper vouchers in the post every month, beneficiaries will have a pre-paid card which is topped up once a month with their Healthy Start item allowance and will be available to use in any shops/markets/food outlets accepting Mastercard.

Beneficiaries are also entitled to free vitamins for both mother and child up to 4 years. These vitamins are tailored to mother and child’s nutritional requirements and are fundamental to healthy growth and development.

In Harrow, these can currently be collected from Milmans Resource Centre, Grove Avenue, Pinner, HA5 5PF. Please call 020 3317 2555 to book your collection.

To check if you are eligible and to apply for Healthy Start, visit Healthstart.

Published: 14th December 2021