Find out about the Healthy Start Voucher scheme for families in Doncaster
If you’re pregnant or have a child under the age of 4 did you know that you can get help to buy food and milk? You might be eligible to receive free vouchers or payments every four weeks to spend on groceries, specifically those listed below:
fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
infant formula milk
fresh, dried and tinned pulses
You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.
This is the scheme that footballer Marcus Rashford has done a great job in supporting and no child should go to bed hungry. You are eligible for Healthy Start Vouchers if you have a child under the age of 4 and:
Claim Tax Credit (only if your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less)
Are on income support
Claim Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Claim Pension Credit (which includes the child addition)
Claim Universal Credit (only if your family’s take-home pay is £408 or less per month from employment
Lots of families with young children in Doncaster are missing out and are entitled to this. You could receive vouchers (soon to be replaced with a prepaid card) for essential food items, so please find out more here.
You can apply for Healthy Start Vouchers by downloading a form here, or requesting one from your GP or Midwife. Alternatively there is a Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823 or any of the Doncaster Health Visiting team will be able to give you information.
The chef Tom Kerridge launched ‘Full time meals’ during 2021 which gives families recipe ideas based on items that you can buy with your vouchers. There are 52 tasty and really simple recipes to follow…you won’t need fancy equipment and lots of storecupboard goods with a longer shelf life are included. They also have a cook-along every Sunday morning on their Instagram page, so you can potentially batch cook a few things with the kids for the week!