If you are pregnant or have a child under 4, the Healthy Start Scheme can help you buy foods like milk or fruit.
Changes to Healthy Start at the end of March 2022
You will need to reapply for the new scheme as healthy start is becoming digital. This means that as of the end of March, the paper vouchers will no longer be valid and will be replaced by a prepaid Mastercard with PIN instead. This change means that it can be used in a larger number of retailers, to find out more, visit the Healthy Start website. Everyone will need to reapply for the new scheme though, even if you already receive the vouchers - you can check your eligibility and apply online.
In addition to the current offer, if you receive 'Healthy Start' you could claim up to 3 FREE local fruit and veg boxes in March from a local fruit and veg supplier, worth £10 per box!
Currently there are two local collection points, but you will need to have signed up first before you can contact the suppliers in order to request a box:
- Knights Farm Shop www.knightsfarmshop.co.uk To order a box please contact email@example.com. Areas covered: Ottery St. Mary and surrounding areas Collection point: Knights Farm Shop, EX11 1RJ
- In My Back Yard CIC https://openfoodnetwork.org.uk/inmybackyard/shop To order a box please call 01297 680680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Areas covered: East Devon Collection point: Friday afternoons Natural Worx, Seaton IMBY Hub, Branscombe, EX12 3BL Filfull, Sidmouth Ottery St Mary, EX11
See the 'Healthy Start Box info for recipients' below.
Further information on recommended websites on healthy eating/lunch boxes can be found under the 'useful websites' tab on the parents page.
In May 2022, Devon County Council launched a site about Health for under 5's. Click on the link below for more information: