Healthy Start vouchers can now be used on products such as frozen peas, spinach, carrots or frozen berries
Low-income families can now choose to buy frozen fruit and vegetables as part of the Healthy Start scheme, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said.
The scheme supports over half a million pregnant women and low-income families by giving them vouchers that until now could only be spent on fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.
Mr. Lansley said: “Feeding a family on a limited budget can be a challenge. The addition of frozen fruit and vegetables is a boost to the Healthy Start scheme to help low-income families eat more healthily. Plain frozen fruit and vegetables count towards your 5-A-Day. Frozen goods are often cheaper than fresh and they can last longer so there is less food waste too.