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Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a government initiative which provides pregnant women and parents with young children, who are in receipt of qualifying benefits, Healthy Start vouchers which can be used to purchase certain products in store including fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, cow’s milk and infant formula suitable for use from birth. 

Healthy Start payments will be increasing from £3.10 to £4.25 a week from April 2021.

From 1 October 2020 the Healthy Start scheme will include pulses and tinned fruit and vegetables for residents in England and Wales only.

Current eligible items in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 

Fruit, vegetables and milk

From 1 October for residents of England and Wales, these items can also be accepted:

Tinned fruit, vegetables and pulses

Examples of tinned foods that would or wouldn’t be included in the definition:
note that those in tins can also be whole, sliced or chopped; a single variety or mixed (eg apples and pears or mixed beans)