Healthy Start

Check if you qualify for Healthy Start vouchers

If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods.

If you qualify for Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins for yourself and your child.

Who is eligible?

You can apply if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under 4 years old, and get either:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit (which includes the child addition)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks if your working hours, or your partner or carer’s, go to less than 16 hours per week)

You can also apply by email or phone if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant and either:

  • under 18 years old and not getting any benefits
  • getting Child Tax Credits and your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less
  • getting income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you’re not a British citizen but your child is, you might be eligible for Healthy Start. Check if you are eligible by going online to 

Applying by email or phone

You can apply by either:

Phone lines are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

To apply, you’ll need your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • baby’s due date (if you’re pregnant)
  • benefit award letter if you’re over 18 (you must enter the same information that’s on this letter)

Visit the Healthy Start website