Currently, nearly 40% of people within Wales who are eligible for the scheme are not claiming it.
Healthy Start is available to those who are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, and are in receipt of certain benefits. From the 10th week of pregnancy until a child turns 4, you could be entitled to more than £1,200 to spend on healthy food.
Healthy Start cards can be used in retailers that sell food and accept MasterCard.
They can be used to buy:
fresh, frozen and tined fruit and vegetables
dried and tinned pulses
first infant formula milk
You can also collect free Healthy Start vitamins. Taking certain vitamins during pregnancy and in early childhood improves both mothers’ and children’s health – just ask your midwife or health visitor for advice on where to get them.
To find out if you’re eligible visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk.