If you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under the age of four, you could be entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers worth £3.10 per child per week. A government scheme – the vouchers can be spent on milk, instant formula milk, and plain, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables.
They can also be used to buy pulses and canned fruit and vegetables once they have no fat, salt, sugar or other flavouring added. Vouchers can be redeemed at most local shops.
Pregnant women and every child over one and under four years old can get one voucher every week. Children under one year old can get £6.20 per week. Someone who is pregnant and under 18 does not have to be in receipt of any benefits to qualify.
Those who are entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers will also get free vitamins designed to help pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.
More information on whether you qualify; where you can spend the voucher and how to get an application form is available on the Healthy Start website. A user-friendly benefit calculator and up-to-date benefit information is also available on the Hertfordshire County Council website
Online application forms can be downloaded here and printed or you can phone for a form on 0345 607 6823. Due to COVID19 restrictions the form does not need to be signed by a health professional