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Best Start Foods

Best Start Foods Replacing Healthy Start Vouchers

Best Start Foods are delivered by Social Security Scotland and replace healthy start vouchers.  This is a prepaid card that you can use to buy healthy foods for children under 3. You can use the card in shops and online.

You can apply for Best Start Foods when you're pregnant, or any time up to your child turning 3 years old. This goes up to 4 years old for a child if your child is over 2 years old when you apply.

To be eligible you will require to be in receipt of Universal Credit/Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit/Housing Benefit/Income Support/ Pension Credit/Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)/Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 You will receive:-

£17 every 4 weeks during pregnancy

£34 every 4 weeks from your child being born up until they're a 1 year old

£17 every 4 weeks between the ages of 1 and 3

 If you're getting Healthy Start Vouchers for a child you apply for, you'll be moved from Healthy Start Vouchers to Best Start Foods.

 You can apply online at:

 To apply by phone, you can call 0800 182 2222.