Best Start Foods

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Published: 24/02/2020

UK Government Healthy Start vouchers are stopping for families in Scotland at the end of March 2020. They are being replaced by the Best Start Foods payment card.

Best Start Foods replaces the paper vouchers with a chip and pin card, giving you more flexibility in how you use it. Best Start Foods money is added to the card every four weeks as long as you are still eligible.

The card can be used in any supermarkets and local shops with a chip and pin machine.

To make the move:

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  • Call 0800 182 2222

It can take up two weeks to get a decision on your application and up to six weeks to receive your card.

Is there other support available?

When you apply for Best Start Foods they will also check if you are eligible for Best Start Grant.

Best Start Grant is a package of three payments that gives you extra money at key stages in the early years of your children’s life.

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