Healthy Start is a government scheme, which Cambridge Sustainable Food is helping to promote.
WHAT IS IT
Healthy Start is a scheme run by the government. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old then you could be entitled to some vouchers to help pay for food, milk and vitamins which keeps you and your family healthy.
Our Food Poverty report, published in October 2018, showed that only 59% of eligible families were claiming vouchers which have a value of over £900 per child.
Healthy Start forms an important part of our food poverty work. We know that for many children in Cambridge, these vouchers are the best way to ensure they receive the best possible start to life.
To increase uptake of Healthy Start in Cambridge, we are:
Promoting Healthy Start through community events and activities and through our Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance partners.
Working with health professionals and community centres, to ensure all women who are pregnant or have young children know about Healthy Start and are signed up straight away if they are eligible.
Working with retailers to make sure as many shops as possible accept Healthy Start vouchers and advertise to customers that these can be used in store to make purchases.
We acknowledge the grant we have received from the Dulverton Trust Fund and Ridgeons Community Fund, charitable funds managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.