Healthy Start

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 and you are getting benefits, you may be able to get help to buy healthy start food and milk. You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any benefits.

This important scheme provides a pre-paid card to spend with local retailers and also gives you access to free vitamins. If you’re eligible, you'll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you an use in some UK shops. They will add your benefit onto this card every 4 weeks. Find out if you are eligible to get these benefits.

If you're not eligible, see the alternative grants and funds available. Once you have applied for your pre-paid card and your application has been approved, you will receive your pre-paid card for food and vitamins (see spend your pre-paid card for more information).

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