Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Get help to buy food and milk

Get help to buy food and milk

(The Healthy Start scheme)

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.


If you live in Scotland you cannot get Healthy Start. You can apply for Best Start Foods (opens in a new tab) instead

Advice on healthy eating

For more advice on healthy eating, visit:

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions that people may have about the Healthy Start scheme

Alert: Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

If you are receiving HMRC Child Tax Credits and you have an invitation letter from the NHS, you can apply for the new service here.

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