Practices to help with free milk and vitamins scheme

Families from low income households are to benefit from a new scheme giving free milk, vitamin supplements and fresh fruit and vegetables to children and pregnant women.

Healthy Start is replacing the Welfare Food Scheme with flexible vouchers that will allow 500,000 eligible families to buy a range of healthy foods and supplements.

Practices and pharmacies are being urged by the DoH to advise parents on applying for and making the best use of the scheme. They could also become Healthy Start retailers, joining the 20,000 suppliers that have already done so. More information from the Healthy Start reimbursement unit on 08707 201668 or http://www.hsru.co.uk.

The new vouchers will be worth £2.80 each. Qualifying pregnant women and children over one and under four years will receive one voucher every week, and children under one year old will receive two vouchers a week.

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