Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Get help to buy food and milk on the NHS Healthy Start Scheme

The Healthy Start Scheme is changing. If you previously used the Healthy Start Scheme you will need to reapply online to continue receiving help to buy healthy foods.

The Healthy Start scheme is now a digital service which offers an online application process and replaces the current HS01A leaflet and paper application form.

You are eligible for Healthy Start if you:

  • are 10 weeks pregnant
  • have a child under the age of 4
  • receive any of the following benefits child tax credit, income support, job seekers allowance or universal credit

Families entitled to Healthy Start can get £4.25 per week to help buy plain, fresh, frozen, or tinned fruit and vegetables, plain cow’s milk, infant formula and fresh or tinned pulses. Beneficiaries of the scheme can also get free Healthy Start vitamins for women and children.

You might also be eligible for Healthy Start depending on your immigration status if your child is a British Citizen and you are unable to access public funds.

For more information and support to apply to Healthy Start visit

Who to contact

0300 330 7010 0300 330 7010
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Where to go

Healthy Start Issuing Unit, PO Box 1067
WA55 1EG
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Age Ranges
Under 1, 1, 2, 3

Related Links

Healthy Start (GOV.UK)
Free early learning for 2 year olds


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