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Third of poorer families in England missing out on free food vouchers 28 May 2018 10:59 #8019

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Third of poorer families in England missing out on free food vouchers
Government-funded coupons provide free fruit, vegetables and milk to qualifying families


Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Fri 25 May 2018


Each voucher is worth £3.10 a week to spend on nutritious foodstuffs at participating stores.

One in three low-income families are missing out on government-funded vouchers for free fruit, vegetables and milk that are intended to improve the diets of pregnant women, babies and children.

Out of 402,384 people on low incomes in England who are eligible to receive Healthy Start vouchers, 135,671 (33.7%) are not doing so, figures show.

Women who are at least 10 weeks pregnant or who have a child under the age of four can get one or more vouchers worth £3.10 a week to spend on nutritious foods at participating stores. The vouchers are available to any woman who receives benefits such as income support or jobseeker’s allowance, or who lives in a home where someone does.

The vouchers were brought in UK-wide in 2006 by Labour in an effort to improve the diets of poorer families and narrow the nutritional gap between rich and poor.

Read More Here;
www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/25/poorer-families-england-healthy-start-free-food-vouchers
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