Healthy Start Food Scheme
There are over 2000 eligible families in Newham who are missing out on payments to buy vegetables, fruit, legume/lentils/beans and milk.
*If you previously received Healthy Start paper vouchers, you must apply for the digital scheme. This is a new scheme and instead of receiving paper vouchers, you will receive a debit card. Money will be automatically added to this card every 4 weeks. If you have not reapplied for the digital scheme, you will no longer be receiving payments. Click here to reapply.
What is the Healthy Start Scheme?
Pregnant people and families with children under the age of 4 may be eligible for help to buy healthy food and milk if they are on certain benefits.
Under 18 and pregnant will qualify even if they don’t receive any benefits.
For more information, please visit the healthy start website.
Applying for the Healthy Start scheme does not affect benefits your family may be receiving.
What does Healthy Start provide?
- £4.25 per week for pregnant women (from 10th week of pregnancy)
- £8.50 per week for babies from birth to 1 year old
- £4.25 per week for children between 1 up to 4 years of age
How to claim
If you get Universal credit, you can apply online if:
- you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under 4 years old
- your family’s monthly ‘take-home pay for this period’ is £408 or less from employment
If you get Child Tax Credit, you can apply online if:
- you have at least one child under 4 years old
- your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less
To apply, you’ll need your:
- date of birth
- National Insurance number
- baby’s due date (if you’re pregnant)
- benefit award letter if you’re over 18 (you must enter the same information that’s on this letter)
Applying by email or phone
You can apply by email or phone if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant, or have at least one child under 4 years old, and get either:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit (which includes the child addition)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks if your working hours, or your partner or carer’s, go to less than 16 hours per week)
You can also apply by email or phone if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant and either:
- under 18 years old and not getting any benefits
- getting Child Tax Credits and your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less
- getting income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
You can apply by either:
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- calling 0300 330 7010
If you’re not a British citizen but your child is
You might be eligible for Healthy Start depending on your immigration status.
You can get Healthy Start if all the following are true:
- you have at least 1 British child under 4 years old – check if your child is automatically a British citizen (opens in a new tab) if you’re not sure
- your family earns £408 or less per month after tax
- you cannot claim ‘public funds’ (opens in a new tab) (for example, benefits) – either because of your immigration status or because you do not have an immigration status
Your biometric residence permit (BRP) or your online immigration status (opens in a new tab) will say if you cannot claim public funds. You might also have a letter from the Home Office about it.
To apply for Healthy Start, ask for an application form via email. Only use this email address if you think you cannot claim public funds because of your immigration status.