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Following a review into the uptake of Healthy Start Vouchers locally, it was clear that awareness of the scheme was low with eligible families and many of the frontline staff who support them.

Therefore, a partnership between Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team, Cardiff Council’s Money Advice Service and Cardiff and Vale UHB Dietetic Team and Food Cardiff was established to raise awareness of Healthy Start and the other schemes that support families on a low income to access a healthier diet, such as Free School Meals and Food and Fun.

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An awareness package was developed to provide frontline staff with an overview of the various food schemes, who is eligible and how to signpost families.

This was initially delivered as a workshop however, to reach a wider audience, is now available as an online interactive package. This has also been adapted to represent Wales-wide information for partners in other areas who wish to access the information.

In Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan we have supplemented this package with further detail on some of the local food projects that support families on a low income. To find out about these click on the project links.

Tremorfa Community Pantry
Splo Down Food Co Op
Llantwit Major Food Share Project
Llanrumney Hall Pantry
Jane Hutt MS at the Dusty Forge
Fareshare Cymru more than Food
The Dusty Forge Food Pantry
Splott Breakfast Club
Big Bocs Bwyd
Trowbridge Pantry
Wyndham Street

For further information on the Food Benefits work contact Helen.Griffith5@wales.nhs.uk

Further information on the Nutrition Courses available in Cardiff and Vale can be found here
Courses – Nutrition Skills for Life®

The information provided is updated in line with national updates and is reviewed throughout the year. The latest update was posted on the 14th of September 2022 and added to the site.

Thanks to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Medical Illustrations Team for the design work of the Food Related Benefits resource and filming of the Food Projects.

Useful Links

Here’s a list of resources relating to our work that you may find useful.

BDA

Cardiff foodbank

Change 4 Life

EVERY CHILD

Family Action

Food Cardiff

Food Sense Wales

Food Vale

Healthy Start

Keeping Me Well

the trussell trust

Vale foodbank

Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)

Your Local Pantry

Wyndham Street Pantry

Too Good To Go

Trowbridge Pantry