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Healthy start voucher

Healthy Start food vouchers can now be used at some market stalls in Chrisp Street Market E14.  Two fruit and vegetable stalls will accept the vouchers in exchange for quality, fresh produce. 

In the future, we hope that more market stalls across Tower Hamlets will accept Healthy Start vouchers.

What is the scheme about?

To make it easier for local families to get more fruit and vegetables in their diets, two traders in Chrisp Street market will now accept the Healthy Start food vouchers.

Mr Toklas Miah and Dilu Miah – market traders - have achieved the Tower Hamlets GOLD Standard Buywell award for their fresh, affordable, good quality produce.

There are many reasons to enjoy eating a wide variety of vegetables and fruit and everyone should try to eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day, with children under five years eating child-size portions.

Surveys show that most of us don’t reach that goal and our children (over three quarters of them) do not eat enough of those important fruits and vegetables that provide us with the necessary vitamins such as vitamin C and folate. They also have other plant substances that are thought important to help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

What are Healthy Start vouchers?

The Healthy Start scheme helps families to get the very best start in life by providing food vouchers and free vitamins for mothers and children.

Pregnant women and children under 4 years old qualify for the Healthy Start Scheme if the family is in receipt of certain benefits and tax credits.  All pregnant women under 18 years automatically qualify. 

Visit the Healthy Start website to see if you are eligible.

Visit the Healthy Start website to apply.   

What can the food vouchers be swapped for?

The vouchers are worth £3.10 each and can be spent on plain fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables, cow’s milk or infant formula milk in a wide range of Healthy Start registered shops and businesses in Tower Hamlets e.g. Buywell convenience stores, chemists, corner shops, supermarkets, milk vans, food co-ops, greengrocers, and, now, markets.

So why should you exchange your vouchers in Chrisp St market?

  • It will be  cheaper than the local supermarket
  • It’s fresh food
  • Tasty, healthy and wholesome
  • Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables is good for your health and good for your children’s health.

=        You get more for your voucher!

Visit the market traders page for more information

Healthier eating

A healthy diet is important for the whole family, especially for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and young children.

Colourful fruit and vegetables are an important and enjoyable part of your child’s diet.

Both vegetables and fruit contain essential nutrients that are important for their health, growth and development.

If you eat and enjoy fruit and vegetables together with your children every day they will usually follow your example.

Buywell Food for Health Scheme in Tower Hamlets

The Buywell Scheme improves access to affordable and high quality fresh fruit and vegetables for all, and in particular, those families on low incomes. Local convenience stores and market traders who are Buywell accredited work to ensure that they source, store, display and price their fresh produce to be the best quality and value for customers.  We have award winning Buywell market stalls in Chrisp Street, Watney Street and Roman Road.

The team of people who work in Public Health at Tower Hamlets have worked together with Market Services to ensure that all new fruit and veg traders are up to the Buywell standards which start at award level, then silver and gold level for meeting additional criteria.

Visit the Food For Health Awards page