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The Healthy Start and Welfare Food Scheme

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The amendment of the Healthy Start and Welfare Food Scheme Regulations 2011 allows an increased choice in spending the vouchers allocated through the scheme.

The changes to the regulations allow women and families supported by the scheme to spend their vouchers on plain frozen fruit and vegetables.  This is in addition to those foods already allowed:

  • plain fresh fruit and vegetables
  • milk
  • infant formula.  

This will increase choice and flexibility. It will give greater encouragement to buy and consume fruit and vegetables in line with Government recommendations.