Healthy start helps families claiming certain benefits to buy healthy food and milk from the 10th week of pregnancy until your child’s 4th birthday. If you are under 18 and pregnant, you are automatically eligible, regardless of your benefit status.
You will be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in supermarkets and other grocery stores to buy healthy food, milk, or first infant formula. The card is topped up every four weeks.
In Tower Hamlets, all children under the age of four and all pregnant and breastfeeding women, and up to one year post-natal are eligible for free Healthy Start vitamins. These can be collected from your local Children and Family Centres. You must bring your Heathy Start card if you have one or when you get one.
How do you apply for a Healthy Start Card?
To apply for a Healthy Start Card, simply visit the NHS Healthy Start website if you are:
You can also visit your Children Family Centre to help you apply.