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Healthy Start Food Vouchers - England, Wales, Northern Ireland - Can I get Healthy Start Food Vouchers?

If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old and live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you could get Healthy Start Vouchers to help buy some basic foods.

Can I get Healthy Start Food Vouchers?


You can get Healthy Start Food Vouchers and vitamins if you are at least ten weeks pregnant, or have a child under four, and you are getting:

If you are getting Working Tax Credit, you could get Healthy Start Food Vouchers, but only if you are receiving Working Tax Credit run-on. This is the payment you can get in the four weeks after you have stopped working enough hours to qualify for Working Tax Credit..

You also qualify for Healthy Start Food Vouchers if you are not getting one of these benefits yourself but:

  • You are under 18 and at least 10 weeks pregnant, or
  • You live with your partner and your partner gets the benefit, or 

  • You are the dependent child of someone who is getting the benefit, or

  • You have a child aged under 4, have no recourse to public funds, and your household has earnings of less than £408 per month.

Once you have had your baby, you can still get Healthy Start Food Vouchers and vitamins for any child up to the age of 4, as long as you still meet one of the conditions listed above.

Last updated August 2021

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