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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. From 1st October 2020 in England and Wales the Healthy Start scheme was also extended to include pulses and tinned fruit and vegetables.

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

ACS is encouraging more retailers to accept Healthy Start vouchers, currently only one third of independent retailers take advantage of the scheme. 

Retailers can sign up to accept vouchers and access further resources via the Healthy Start website here:


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Use our postcode tool to email your MP to organise a visit to your store. If you would like help arranging a store visit, including an ACS briefing for your MP or a member of the ACS team to attend, you can contact

Constituency Cards

If you would like a constituency card to send to your MP, please contact Chris Noice at

Constituency cards contain specific information about the number of convenience stores in your constituency, as well as the number of jobs that those stores provide; a breakdown of the profiles of staff, and key information about store owners in the area.