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How to get free food worth up to £442 per child with a Healthy Start voucher

PARENTS can get up to £442 worth of free food for the year using their Healthy Start voucher.

The state-supported coupons help low-income families with young children with the cost of milk, vegetables, fruit, flour and vitamins.

The Health Start voucher helps low-income families feed their children healthy foods

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The Health Start voucher helps low-income families feed their children healthy foodsCredit: Getty – Contributor

The offers are now worth £4.25 each after the value was increased last April.

Eligible families for Healthy Start Project receive one or two vouchers per week for each child, depending on the age of each child.

If you have a baby younger than 12 months old, you will receive two offers per week.

That means in the first year of your child’s life you could get £442.

Pregnant women get one voucher per week, and parents also get one voucher for each child between the ages of one and four.

That means they will get at least £221 in a year.

Footballer and child food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE welcomed last April’s move to increase the value of vouchers.

“This is one of the key requirements of our Task Force and will make a huge difference to the most vulnerable people in our community,” he said.

He is urging families in need of extra support to apply for the government program.

Who is eligible for a Healthy Start voucher?

To be eligible for the voucher program, you need to be more than 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under the age of four.

You should also receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Allowance for job seekers based on income
  • Employment Allowance and Income Related Support
  • Tax credit for children with family income of £16,190 or less per year
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit with no earned income or total earned income of £408 or less per month for the family.

But if you’re under 18 and pregnant, you can get coupons, even if you don’t get any of them.

How do I sign up for a Healthy Start voucher?

To apply, simply download the application form from Healthy Start Website, print it out, fill it out and send it to:

Freepost RRTR-SYAE-JKCR, Issuer Good Start, PO Box 1067, Warrington, WA55 1EG.

If you don’t have a printer, you can call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823 and have the form mailed to you.

Once your application is approved, you will have a coupon sent to you every four weeks.

Vouchers can be used in supermarkets, corner stores, greengrocers, market stalls, pharmacies, grocery stores, and milk carts or carts.

You can find the nearest stores that accept coupons using the Healthy Start tool on the website.

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