Free Vitamins and Vouchers for families – Buy Healthy Food each week…
Did you know if you are a City of York resident you may be eligible for the Healthy Start Programme.
What is the Healthy Start Programme?
Healthy Start Vitamins are available as part of the Healthy Start Programme. Vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts so that it can work properly. Even though you can get lots of vitamins from a healthy balanced diet, you still might not get everything you need at certain times in your life – such as when you’re pregnant, a new mum or a small child. If you are eligible to register with the Healthy Start Programme you can get them free.
Pregnant women and children over 1 and under 4 can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under 1 can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables and vouchers every eight weeks for vitamins.
From 1 October 2020 this also includes pulses and tinned fruit and vegetables, find out more on the Healthy Start website.
Do I qualify for Healthy Start?
You can register with the Healthy Start Programme if you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 years old and you or your family is getting:
Income Support, or
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year), or Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month)
You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of these benefits.
What are Healthy Start Vitamins?
Healthy Start Vitamins contain the recommended levels of folic acid and vitamins C and D for pregnant and breastfeeding women and the recommended level of vitamins A, C and D for children aged up to four years.
Where can you get Healthy Start Vitamins?
You can get Healthy Start Vitamins at certain pharmacies in the City of York. An NHS list of pharmacies is available from their website.
Please note that opening times may be different from those listed due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Please contact the pharmacy directly to check current opening times.
Where can I find out more?
You can find out more about the Healthy Start Programme and Healthy Start Vitamins from your midwife or health visitor or on the Healthy Start website.