Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Using your vouchers

You’ll receive your vouchers by post every 4 weeks.

You’ll receive the vouchers for Healthy Start foods and Healthy Start vitamins together.

You’ll get vouchers every 4 weeks, but receive a valid vitamins voucher every 8 weeks.

When you receive your vouchers some of your vouchers may have the word ‘VOID’ printed on them. If the word ‘VOID’ is printed on the voucher you cannot use that voucher.

Where you can use your vouchers

You can use your Healthy Start vouchers in any shop that is registered to take part in the scheme (Excel: 335KB). If a retailer is not on this list, please check with the retailer directly.

Other types of shops that may accept Healthy Start payments and vouchers, include:

  • corner shops
  • food co-ops
  • greengrocers
  • market stalls
  • milk floats or vans
  • pharmacies
  • supermarkets
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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.