Healthy Start Scheme

Healthy Start is a national programme that provides financial support to eligible young families and pregnant women for fruit, veg, and milk, as well as providing free vitamins.

The scheme has recently gone digital, which means you will receive a pre-paid chip and PIN Mastercard with money pre-loaded every 4 weeks instead of paper vouchers. The amount you will receive will depend on your circumstances but will be a minimum of £4.25 a week.

You will qualify for the Healthy Start scheme if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or you have at least one child that’s under 4.

In addition, you must be receiving any of the following:

  • Child Tax Credit (if your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less).
  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Pension Credit (which includes the child addition).
  • Universal Credit (if your family’s take-home pay is £408 or less per month from employment).

You will also be eligible for Healthy Start if:

  • you’re under 18 and pregnant, even if you are not claiming any benefits.
  • you claim income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are over 10 weeks pregnant.
  • you, your partner or your carer get Working Tax Credit run-on, if you are working 16 hours or less per week.

You can apply online at Healthy Start NHS or by calling 0300 330 7010.

The Healthy Start card can now be used at over 30,000 shops and retailers in the UK. You can use Healthy Start to buy fresh, tinned, or frozen plain fruit and veg, dried, canned, or frozen pulses, plain cows’ milk, and first infant formula.

Devon County Council is working with a number of local producers in the county who are supportive of the Healthy Start scheme by providing low-cost, high quality, local seasonal produce for Healthy Start recipients. During February and March, you may be able to receive 3 FREE Healthy Start boxes from your local supplier when you order a box through them. Details of suppliers participating are listed below, please contact them directly for more details. Residents receiving the free boxes will also receive a FREE Healthy Start information booklet including tasty recipes!

Local producers:

Project Food

www.project-food.org.uk

To order a box please call 01297 631782 or email info@project-food.org.uk.

Areas covered: Axminster and surrounding areas

Collection point: Project Food, EX13 5DU

 

Shillingford Organics

https://lovefoodcic.co.uk/what-we-do/healthy-start/

To order please contact: lovefoodcic@gmail.com or 01392 832729

Areas covered: Exeter and Cranbrook

Collection point: St. Thomas Library, Exeter. Tuesday 12-5pm

 

Knights Farm Shop

www.knightsfarmshop.co.uk

To order a box please contact info@knightsfarmshop.co.uk.

Areas covered: Ottery St. Mary and surrounding areas

Collection point: Knights Farm Shop, EX11 1RJ

 

In My Back Yard CIC

www.inmybackyard.co

To order a box please call 01297 680680 or email feedme@inmybackyard.co

Areas covered: East Devon

Collection point: Friday afternoons

  • Natural Worx, Seaton
  • IMBY Hub,Branscombe
  • Filfull, Sidmouth
  • Ottery St Mary, EX11 1BZ
  • Honiton, EX14 1AB

Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub

www.communitykitchenhub.org.uk

To order a box please email healthystartfeedingdevon@gmail.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/feedingdevon for more information.

Areas covered: Bovey Tracey, Yelverton, Horrabridge, Princetown, Tavistock, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton

Collection point: From mobile grocery shops in public car parks, community centres, and local primary schools

Devon and Cornwall Food Action

www.devonandcornwallfoodaction.org

To order a box please text ‘Healthy Start Box’ to 07546 917537.

Areas covered: Ivybridge, South Brent, Bere Alston, Buckland Monachorum

Collection points: From mobile grocery shops in public car parks, community centres, and local primary schools.

 

The Apricot Centre CIC

www.apricotcentre.co.uk

To order a box please email: apricotcentrefarm@gmail.com

Areas covered: Dartington and surrounding areas

Collection point: The Apricot Centre, Dartington, TQ9 6AA

 

Down Farm Market Garden Ltd.

www.down-farm.com

To order a box please email hello@down-farm.com or contact Liv on 07739 892488.

Areas covered: Winkleigh and surrounding areas

Collection points:  

  • Down Farm, Winkleigh EX19 8DN
  • Sandford Community Stores
  • Westward Barbell Gym, Crediton
  • The Globe Inn, Beaford

Harvest Workers Co-op

www.harvestworkerscoop.org.uk

To order a box please contact hello@harvestworkerscoop.org.uk.

Areas covered: Okehampton and surrounding areas

Collection points: The Harvest Farm Shop – Okehampton