Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

This is the link for those needing support to get food and milk subject to eligibility criteria

How to apply – Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

How to apply

Applying online

If you get Universal Credit, you can apply online if:

      • you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under 4 years old
      • your family’s monthly ‘take-home pay’ (also called ‘earned income’) is £408 or less from employment

Important: Universal Credit claimants

To be paid correctly for all of your children, make sure that each child is named on your Universal Credit claim.

Go to your Universal Credit account (opens in a new tab) to check this.

If you get Child Tax Credit, you may be eligible for Healthy Start if:

      • your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less
      • you do not get Working Tax Credit

Most people who get Child Tax Credit can apply online. You can apply online if you’re either:

      • more than 10 weeks pregnant and have children under the age of 4
      • not pregnant but have children under the age of 4

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant and have other children who are all aged 4 or older, you’ll need to apply by email or phone.

To apply online, you’ll need your:

      • name
      • address
      • date of birth
      • National Insurance number
      • baby’s due date (if you’re pregnant)
      • benefit award letter if you’re over 18 – make sure you enter the exact details shown on your benefit award letter

Make sure that your details are up to date with HMRC or DWP – you may wish to contact them to check or update your details before you apply.

How to apply – Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)